As Obama's current budget recognizes, this has to change. We have to build on the efforts made by both these presidents to consolidate low-performing programs and drive resources toward solutions that actually work.
Evidence-based policy isn't the most exciting subject, but it's one of the most important. And at a time when Americans are looking to Washington to stop bickering, these smart reforms are a good place to start. We don't have a second – or a dollar – to waste.
Robert Gordon served as the acting deputy director and executive associate director of the Office of Management and Budget during the Obama Administration. He is currently a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution.
Robert Shea is a principal in the Grant Thornton LLP Global Public Sector where he leads the firm's Performance Management Community of Practice. Before joining Grant Thornton, Shea served as the associate director for Administration and Government Performance during the second George W. Bush Administration.