Focus on Performance

A collaboration between Stateline and the Government Performance Project of the Pew Center on the States.

February 3, 2010 By Michael Blanding, Special to Stateline

Making IT work

As states struggle to close historic budget gaps, potential new responsibilities - including national health care reform and government downsizing - will force many to overhaul outmoded computer systems over the next two years. Though notoriously difficult to pull off, major Information Technology upgrades can save states millions in personnel and other operating costs. More

April 23, 2010 By Christine Vestal , Staff Writer

Shaving Costs With Reverse Auctions

It's been a decade since Pennsylvania became the first state to use a technology that is like eBay in reverse to save money on government purchases. But despite the potential to create big savings, only a few states have taken advantage of reverse auctions. More

May 25, 2010 By Michael Blanding, Special to Stateline

State Purchasers Leverage a Bad Economy to Get Good Prices

By spending less on mundane things like tires, road salt and computer monitors, some states are hoping to have more money left over to spend on things taxpayers care about, such as schools and police officers. More