Philip Joyce is a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. He formerly served as a professor of public policy and public administration at George Washington University, where he also directed the Ph.D. program in public policy and administration. His teaching and research interests include public budgeting, the congressional budget process, performance measurement and intergovernmental relations. He is the author of The Congressional Budget Office: Honest Numbers, Power, and Policy Making.

Philip Joyce
July 2, 2019

A Patriot Who Championed Good Government

Alice Rivlin's legacy includes not only the creation of a pathbreaking national institution but also the salvation of the District of Columbia.
November 14, 2018

Getting Serious About Evidence-Based Public Management

We need to know more about what governments are doing -- and how well their efforts are working. A couple of recent studies point the way.
August 8, 2018

The Complex Problems That Government Can’t Solve by Itself

Some of them need collaboration that draws on the strengths of all three sectors -- public, private and nonprofit.
July 12, 2017

Management Strategies for an Era of Budget Uncertainty

To minimize the impact on services from future spending cuts and economic downturns, governments need to take a proactive, multi-year approach.
March 28, 2017

What Government Can Learn From Business

Many public-sector management challenges are unique, but there are plenty of private-sector techniques that government can profit from.
December 14, 2016

The Enduring Myth That Government Should Be Run Like a Business

The election of Donald Trump should remind us — again — of the vast difference between managing a company and running a government.
August 31, 2016

How Academia Is Failing Government

Because the incentives for academic research are misaligned, it has little impact on the real world of public administration and policy.
May 25, 2016

The Difference Between Promising and Governing

Should voters believe what politicians say to get elected?
February 24, 2016

5 Ways to Get Millennials to Choose Government

Young people are as motivated by the idea of public service as they ever were. Governments aren't doing what they should to take advantage of that.
November 4, 2015

The Continuing Costs of Budget Uncertainty

Impasses over spending do more than confirm the public's worst impressions of government. They make effective governing next to impossible.
May 6, 2015

The Dark Side of Government in the Sunshine

While transparency may promote government accountability and reduce corruption, rules to improve openness in government also can have negative consequences.
February 4, 2015

What Budgets Count and What They Don’t

Just about everyone agrees that performance budgeting is good for government. But making it work in practice is tricky.
October 15, 2014

The Culture of Ethics That the Public Sector Needs

Formal codes of ethics are worthwhile, but there is a lot more that can be done, both in government and in schools of public administration.
July 16, 2014

When Performance Measurement Goes Wrong in Government

Scandals over falsified performance data compromise efforts for greater accountability. But there are lessons to be learned.
April 16, 2014

Is the Era of Unfunded Federal Mandates Over?

The current Congress has imposed few of these costly requirements. But it may be premature for state, local and tribal governments to stop worrying.
January 21, 2014

Lessons in Leadership from a Hundred Years Ago

A new book about Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft has much to tell us about the challenges facing governments today.
October 9, 2013

Outsourced Government: Have We Gone Too Far?

Recent security problems involving contractors suggest that we need to rethink what government services should be performed by the private sector.
July 10, 2013

Spending Cuts and the Termites in the Basement

The gap between the rhetoric and the reality of sequestration is an opportunity for Washington to follow in the footsteps of state and local governments by rethinking how services are delivered.
April 17, 2013

Managing Through Endless Fiscal Uncertainty

States and localities are emerging from the Great Recession to face a "new normal" of scarcity. How will managers deal with it?
February 6, 2013

The Costs of Budget Uncertainty

The routine dysfunction of the federal budget process creates real costs that are felt by all levels of government. Will Washington ever get its act together?
November 14, 2012

Politics, Governing and Ever-Elusive Truth

Even with fact-checking at an all-time high, we're finding it harder and harder to agree on basic facts. How can we ever agree on effective policy?
September 12, 2012

Governing with One Hand Tied Behind Your Back

Budgeting is about flexibility, while political campaigns increasingly seem to be about taking it away.
July 11, 2012

Investing in People in a Post-Scandal World

Government travel is being cut, but not all travel is as wasteful as GSA’s was. Training and development are essential to organizational effectiveness.
April 25, 2012

Lessons from an ‘Over-the-Top’ Scandal

As the storm over the GSA’s lavish Vegas conference grips Washington, public managers at all levels of government have important questions to ask.
February 15, 2012

‘How Will You Lead?’

It’s a question that’s rarely asked of candidates for public office. It ought to be asked all the time.
November 16, 2011

The Hidden Cost of Human-Capital ‘Savings’

When governments must reduce their workforces, they need to find ways to minimize the damage to long-term performance.
September 14, 2011

The Elusive Goal of ‘Unfair’ Budgeting

We hear a lot about how performance budgeting can help in tough fiscal times. But governments are making little use of it.
May 11, 2011

Lessons of Management and Leadership from the Congressional Budget Office

Five lessons from the CBO story about establishing and maintaining a mission-centered organization.
March 23, 2011

Obama's Performance Measurement Agenda

Will the president's performance measurement efforts be used to balance the budget, or to fund successful programs?