SBA’s Jon Carver: agency breaking down “silos of excellence”

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Jon Carver, Small Business Administration (photo courtesy

The term “silos of excellence” is an old euphemism in government that pokes fun at the problems agencies have in cooperating across organizations and across cultures.  It’s a term Jon Carver pulls out right away in describing what he wants to defeat to achieve the White House’s cross-agency performance goals.  Jon is the Small Business Administration’s Chief Financial Officer, Associate Administrator for Performance Management, and Chief Acquisition Officer.  He was on my show today talking about how the SBA uses data to meet and exceed performance goals.

Jon Carver & Francis Rose 1/21/14

Also on the show today: Greg Stamford of the Federal Managers Association on why the new budget is a good deal for Federal leaders; Bob Woods of Topside Consulting (and former GSA IT acquisition leader) on what you and your colleagues can learn from Inspector Clouseau (hint: see below); and Roger Waldron of the Coalition for Government Procurement on priorities for the next OFPP Administrator.  You can listen to all of the interviews from today’s show on the In Depth show blog.

Bob Woods’s inspiration: