Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Government `Report Card' Shows Steady Improvement

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Government `Report Card' Shows Steady Improvement

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Findings Focus on States; Next, It's the Cities' Turn

Government is experiencing a sustained momentum toward better management, according to a report released February 1 by Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in partnership with Governing and Government Executive magazines. The study rated all 50 state governments and 15 federal agencies on the effectiveness of their management systems.

Funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the multi-year Government Performance Project (GGP) is the most comprehensive survey of government management ever completed.

This year, the project will look at the nation's 35 largest cities (by revenue) and additional federal agencies. The GPP will examine yet other federal agencies and revisit the states in 2000. In 2001, the project will study the nation's largest counties and reexamine all federal agencies to enable comparisons between findings from different years.

The states and federal agencies, which were chosen for their major impact on the public, were graded &n five areas critical to the delivery of public services: financial management, human resources management, information technology management, capital management and managing for results.

Grades across the five systems varied for most of the states and agencies. Financial management systems consistently received the highest marks. The study showed states have instituted financial planning systems that help prepare them for economic downturns, and that four Of five states currently have budget surpluses. …

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