Grading Government

Speech

Grading Government

February 22, 2001

Abstract

Are you happy with public transportation in Howard County. Feel safe living in Arlington? Is your trash being picked up in a timely manner in Bowie? Everyone has personal stories about these things, but what evidence other than anecdotal do we have about how our local governments are performing overall? How about the more objective performance measurement? Well, in the District of Columbia, the mayor now keeps a scorecard. In Prince William County, there's the Annual Service Effort and Accomplishments Report. And in Montgomery County there's legislation and audit plans to measure performance.

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