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Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene have dedicated themselves to researching, writing and analyzing state and local governments. To see their most recent thoughts, comments, short essays, and links, click on the "B&G Report" below.

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Guest Column

Link to our recent columns on  the current HR hiring crisis, compassion fatigue, lessons from the pandemic, and the  promise of emergency call reform. Plus a report on employee leave.
Charles Sallee, deputy director of the legislative finance committee in New Mexico tells the remarkable tale of the way his state became a leader in performance management.


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Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene
Over the course of nearly 30 years, Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, principals of Barrett and Greene, Inc. have done much-praised analysis, research and writing about state and local governments. They are nationally-known authorities in performance management, budgeting and finance; human resources, procurement; tax systems, health management and policy, pensions, infrastructure, contracting, civics education and a host of other topics.
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Introducing Our New Book: Making Government Work—The Promises and Pitfalls of Performance-Informed Management.

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Special Features

Last week we complained about counter-productive partisan politics.
Now it's time to share five good reasons states and localities can be grateful this Thanksgiving
What lessons can governments, at all levels, learn from the pandemic? A new report from the IBM Center for The Business of Government provides 12 important principles and the ways to use them.
UPDATE: A special event discussing the report can also be found here!