REINVENTION OF AMERICA - Part 5b
Alliance for Redesigning Government
The Alliance for Redesigning Government was an initiative of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). Congress chartered NAPA in 1967 as a non-profit, independent coalition of top public management and organization leaders. James Webb, former NASA Administrator was the Principal Founder.
The Alliance was founded to create an information and learning network for the thousands of change agents -- people in or close to government -- who are struggling to improve the public sector's performance. In the 1990s, a vibrant movement to "reinvent government" has grown up. But it is a movement without a central nervous system.
David Osborne discovered the need as soon as Reinventing Government was published, in 1992. In early 1993, Osborne joined with columnist Neal Peirce, National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) President R. Scott Fosler, and Barbara Dyer of the Council of Governors' Policy Advisers to create such a network, as a project of the National Academy. In its inaugural year, the Alliance formed a distinguished advisory board, which includes members of the U.S. Senate, federal officials, governors, county commissioners, mayors, city managers, labor union presidents, non-profit and business leaders, and scholars.
...The goal of the Alliance is to be market-oriented, chiefly dependent on subscriptions, fees, sales and corporate sponsorships for its revenues. In our start-up period, we have raised seed capital from corporations, individuals and foundations. Among the corporate supporters have been Anderson Consulting, AT&T, Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc., Dennis Trading Group, General Electric, Goldman, Sachs and Co., IBM, NYNEX, and Xerox. Philanthropic support has included grants from the ARCO Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the Carnegie Corporation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Jerome Kohlberg Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
...The Learning Network: Working with IBM as our technical partner, the Alliance is developing a data base of promising practices, lessons learned, tools, and tips on what to read and who to contact. The Learning Network will also provide a connecting point for innovators who wish to share their wisdom and seek advice from practitioners, consultants, academics and other experts. We will sponsor on-line clinics with experts on particular issues, forums in which people can exchange information, a bulletin board, and related services.
The Learning Network covers a full range of topics -- from citizen engagement to customer service, from work force development to community development, from procurement reform to performance measurement. For each topic, the Alliance works with experts and practitioners to develop issue overviews, glossaries of terms, cases, contact people, book reviews and annotated bibliographies. To build the data base, cooperative arrangements are being developed with the Kennedy School of Government/Ford Foundation Innovations Awards Program, the Reason Foundation, the National Civic League, The AFL/CIO, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and others.
...Contracting With Nonprofits Organizations (under development): The Alliance has developed a proposal to work with government officials and nonprofit organizations to determine effective approaches to results-driven contracting. Government relies increasingly on community based nonprofit organizations to deliver social services. Nonprofit service providers are generally more in tune with communities, more flexible, and less expensive than direct government service providers (bullshit!). However, if government is going to become more accountable to the citizens for measurable results, what implications does this have for nonprofits? How can our governments eliminate the red tape with which they so often suffocate nonprofit providers and replace it with a performance-based contract? How can we extend to the nonprofit world the kind of accountability-for-flexibility tradeoff the Oregon Option is pioneering? How can the public sector empower community organizations to heal their communities without debilitating them with rules and drowning them in paperwork?
National Government - Elected
State Government - Elected
Former Mayor Barbara Roberts, Director, JFK School of Government, Cambridge, MA -Alliance Co-Vice Chair
Governor Roy Romer, Colorado
Governor William Weld, Massachusetts
State Government - Appointed & Career
Nancy Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools,
Local Government - Elected
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, New York
Local Government - Appointed & Career
Camille Barnett, Research Triangle Institute, North
Gerald McEntee, President, AFSCME, Washington, DC
Alan Altshuler, Director, Taubman Center, JFK School of
Government, Cambridge, MA
Community, Non-Profit Leaders
Gail Christopher, President, Gail C. Christopher
Enterprises, Washington, DC
Henry Gardner, Gardner, Underwood and Bacon, Oakland, CA
Mark Abramson, Chairman, Leadership, Inc., Washington,
Peter Harkness, Editor and Publisher, Governing
Kathy Keeley, Director
When Labs Began
In response to this request, according to NPR Task Force officials, the federal departments and agencies designated more than 100 Reinvention Laboratories across the country. The Labs encompassed a wide variety of government programs, processes, systems and concepts to be reinvented. They began with the full and explicit support of top leadership in each department and agency. The Labs were to be empowered to lead the process of change in the agencies. For the most part the Labs were front-line organizations who worked directly with their customers, understood their requirements, could quickly see the problems in service delivery, and were in the best position to find and experiment with solutions to those problems.
The role of the Reinvention Labs is critical as we create a government that works better and costs less. At the Reinvention Revolution Conference in March 1996, Vice President Gore said:
The Reinvention Labs create an environment where Federal workers and their partners have the freedom to experiment, and can showcase innovation and results. At this same Conference, Vice President Gore referred to the Reinvention Labs as our "beacons" who will guide the rest of us to a new, reinvented, common-sense government.
Corporations have established foundations and made corporate donations as a way of projecting a caring, community-spirited image. This serves as an advertizing tool, often softening a harsher public image of the industry, at the same time it achieves a public good.
The above is the history and game plan of incremental fascism. Ronald Reagan was the spokesman for General Electric between 1954 and 1962. He was hired by Lemuel Boulware, master propagandist for the war production department during World War II. "What's good for GE is good for you". That is the bedrock Republican philosophy. And the "reinvention of government" project was the grand finale - destruction of government for the people - replaced by unimpeded fascism. The fact that Gore and Clinton were wearing the Blue Hats should be considered proof that our entire political system is a fraud. We have had one-party rule, Demo-publi-crats since at least World War II.
The international trade agreements to export our economy and to crush the American middle class makes sense in this context. Eliminating the tax base (jobs for American workers), gave more power to the corporations and their Foundations - weakening state and local governments forcing them to acquiesce to corporate, fascist rule.
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Examples of partnerships between government agencies are abundant. The federal Environmental Protection Agency and the corresponding Texas state office are working together to allow flexible application of federal pesticide regulations. Local farmers benefit from having regulations developed specifically for their locality, that do not require costly and unnecessary actions not applicable to local conditions...
INTERGOVERNMENTAL -- REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
Regional partnerships have been developed among state and local governments to provide services jointly, transfer functions from one level of local government to another, (i.e., town to city or county), purchase services or natural resources, protect the environment, or otherwise accomplish mutually beneficial goals in a collaborative manner.
Cross border, cross jurisdictional boundary "partnerships" form the shadow government. Your elected public officials become nothing more than actors in a play within the facade of representative government while the real power resides in the unseen, unknown regional organizations that include the fascist corporations and their front groups - the non-profits and Foundations.
December 21, 2010