The Trump administration can encourage managers to take a broader perspective on strategic alignment, external coordination, and knowledge dissemination—making their programs more "defensible."
Beyond Appropriations: Building a Defensible RDT and E Program
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Individual federal research programs often get lost "in the weeds" of agency summaries and budget requests, and thus don’t receive attention from agency and department management or oversight from the Executive Office of the President. As a result, there is little systematic pressure to ensure that programs support broader goals or maximize the results of their research. The Trump administration can shake up this culture by encouraging managers to take a broader perspective on strategic alignment, external coordination, and knowledge dissemination—making their programs more "defensible." Doing so will not only provide greater benefits to the nation, but will also expand the impact of each individual program.
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