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Monitoring Presidential Candidates’ Campaign Pledges: TheNextGovernment.com
February 5, 2008, Volume 54, No. 20

Penn’s Fels Institute of Government has launched a nonpartisan website devoted to monitoring and analyzing government-reform proposals made by the 2008 presidential candidates.

TheNextGovernment.com is an effort to stimulate public discussion about the most significant challenges and issues facing the federal government.

“This website allows interested voters and analysts to carefully study how the presidential candidates plan on filling the job of chief executive,” said Dr. Donald Kettl, director of Fels and founder of TheNextGovernment.com. “Since there are some big differences between the candidates, it also provides a way to weigh the campaigns on issues that often don’t get a lot of public attention but which will prove enormously important once one of these candidates is sworn in.”

The website compares how candidates pledge to reform five areas of government management: human resources/personnel, performance and accountability, information technology, organizational structure and budgeting.

Throughout the presidential campaign TheNextGovernment.com will identify and examine the public-management proposals of the candidates and offer expert analysis of their proposals on hot-topic federal management issues.

Almanac - February 5, 2008, Volume 54, No. 20