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What questions should the presidential candidates debate? It is a great questions — and an apt one for feds, whose lives, of course, will be touched by the new administration — regardless of who wins.

The Partnership for Public Service Wednesday released its “Road map to Reform,” which consists of a series of proposals for the next President when it comes to managing the government. Federal News Radio’s Max Cacas was at the briefing at the National Press Club and was on the Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris with his first look. [Hear the conversation here .mp3; Check federalnewsradio.com for the full story on Thursday.]

One part of that road map: Questions that the presidential candidates should be asked during debates. And they are pretty good.

One of the questions: “How will you measure your success in running our government?”

Read all of them.. after the break.

So the Partnership for Public Service is trying to get these questions to be part of the presidential debates:

1. With only 77 days between Election Day, and the inauguration, how do you plan to
make sure your administration is “ready on Day One?”
2. How will you restore prestige to federal service and attract top talent into
government?
3. How will you modernize the federal workforce so that it can keep and engage this
new talent?
4. Much depends on the abilities of presidential appointees to lead our government.
What criteria will you consider as you select your political appointees?
5. How will you hold your appointees accountable for the quality and effectiveness of
federal programs?
6. You’ve pledged there will not be a Katrina-like government breakdown on your
watch. What will it take to keep that pledge and what will you do first?
7. One of you will essentially become the CEO of our nation’s largest employer.
What are your management priorities and what is your plan to achieve them?
8. Seventy-six percent of the federal government’s senior executives are eligible to
retire by 2012, taking years of knowledge and experience with them. How will you
ensure that the federal government continues to have the needed expertise to meet
its responsibilities to the American people?
9. Some say the federal government has grown too reliant on contractors, while others
say they’re a necessary component of achieving agency missions. How will you
ensure the right balance of skills to foster government performance?
10. How will you measure your success in running our government?

They’re pretty good.

What questions would you pose?

Written by cdorobek

October 2, 2008 at 12:26 AM

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  1. […] leave a comment » It was just about a week ago that I was down in Williamsburg, VA for the annual ACT/IAC ELC 2008 conference. I’m still catching up on items, but… I told you earlier that I was part of a team moderating a debate about government IT. […]


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