Barrett and Greene

Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene

Columnists

Barrett and Greene have done original research and writing in fields pertaining to state and local government and are columnists and correspondents for Governing magazine, where they founded the Government Performance Project. They are senior fellows at the Council of State Governments; special projects consultants for the Volcker Alliance; senior fellows at the Governing Institute; and fellows at the National Academy of Public Administration.

They have helped found and serve on the boards of two organizations: GovPerformance and the State Government Workforce Project. They have also served in an advisory capacity to many organizations, including the National League of Cities, the Urban Institute, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the Association of Government Accountants, the Council of State Governments, the Center for a Better South and others.

Small test-runs can help an entity avoid big mistakes, but there's an art to getting meaningful results.
The amount of missing and unusable public-sector data is stunning.
As Maryland has learned, it’s crucial to know the costs of proposed legislation.
Ironically, it can happen because managers skip steps in an effort to go faster.
They fool some of the people most of the time.
Governors are slowly realizing that they need someone to take on the things they don’t have time for.
Staff and budget shortages are mostly to blame.
Progress is slow. Our overly enthusiastic forecasts prove that.