Here’s the first big development that I told you recently was coming in 2016: As of this week, my company, Public Works LLC, has merged with Sequoia Consulting Group – enabling us to offer a more comprehensive range of services and a unique, new top-to-bottom approach to the public sector:
— Futures Planning. As you know, between teaching The Future of Government at the UChicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and writing for publications like The Atlantic, US News & World Report, and Foreign Affairs, I’ve been working more and more on what the future holds. Now, we’ll be able to integrate that orientation with the fast-emerging field of data analytics to give elected officials and their top managers hard, actionable, real-time, data-based recommendations to identify, reduce, and turn to their advantage impending financial, economic, policy, and organizational risks.
— Policy. Public Works is already a pioneer in on-going, high-level public policy and strategic planning for governors, agency heads, and other chief executives around the country. We’ve been especially focused over the years on reimagining “human services,” broadly defined to encompass everything where governments act directly on individuals (as opposed to issuing rules and regulations) from health and social services to corrections, education and workforce training, which together comprise roughly two-thirds of public spending at all levels of government. You can read some of my articles on this here, here and here.
We’ll be expanding on all that – especially in education. More on that next week.
— Supporting Functions. Public Works already has a proven record of helping individual agencies and entire governments redesign their operations and improve their bottom lines through our performance and efficiency reviews; joining with Sequoia allows us to add a broad range of analytic, financial, and IT infrastructure that governments need to reduce red ink, put things in the black, and keep everything running effectively.
Look for more information in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, I welcome your comments, as always.