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2.- The Reinventor's Fieldbook: Tools for
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3.- Banishing Bureaucracy:
4.- The Five Strategies For Reinventing
5.- Reinventing Government (1992), and
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David Osborne is the author or co-author of five books: The Price of Government: Getting
the Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis (2004); The Reinventor's
Fieldbook: Tools for Transforming Your Government (2000), Banishing Bureaucracy: The
Five Strategies For Reinventing Government (1997), Reinventing Government (1992), and
Laboratories of Democracy (1988). He has also authored numerous articles for the
Washington Post, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Harpers, Inc., Governing,
and other publications.
David is a senior partner of The Public Strategies Group, a consulting firm that helps
public organizations develop and implement strategies to improve their performance. He
has worked with governments large and small, from cities and counties to states, federal
agencies, and foreign governments.
In 1993, he served as a senior advisor to Vice President Gore, to help run what the Vice
President often called his "reinventing government task force," the National Performance
Review. He was the chief author of the NPR report, called by Time "the most readable
federal document in memory."
He also serves as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a
Congressionally chartered organization similar to the National Academy of Sciences.
A New York Times best-seller, Reinventing Government described how public sector
institutions all across America were transforming the bureaucratic models they had
inherited from the past, making government more flexible, creative, and entrepreneurial.
Banishing Bureaucracy outlined the most powerful strategies available to create such
governments. It's sequel, The Reinventor's Fieldbook, fleshes out that picture by
providing "how-to" guidance on more than 70 different tools reinventors can use, from
performance measurement and customer service standards to competitive bidding and
labor-management partnerships. The Price of Government applies many of these ideas
to the current fiscal crisis, which David and his co-author, Peter Hutchinson, argue will be
with us for decades to come. It shows how our public institutions can use reinvention to
squeeze ever more value out of every tax dollar they raise.
David graduated with honors from Stanford University, and he has taught at Yale
University, as a visiting lecturer. He lives in Essex, Massachusetts, northeast of Boston.
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