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Dedicated to 

state and local

governments

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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Link to our recent columns on  compassion fatigue, lessons from the pandemic, and the  promise of emergency call reform. Plus see our latest HR report, which covers the ins and outs of public sector employee leave.
 D.C. Auditor Kathy Patterson shares her frustration about the puny press coverage given to  positive audit reports. "It takes blood and guts or sex and sleaze . . .to get attention from the media," she writes.

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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

In our latest blog post, we share recommendations from the Washington State Auditor for fixing the workplace culture of a troubled state department. 
 
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.