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Justice, Fairness, Inclusion, and Performance.

Robert Shea


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I'm currently National Managing Principal for Public Policy at Grant Thornton LLP. I've been working to improve government's performance for almost 25 years, first in the Congress (U.S. House/Senate), then the White House (OMB), and now at Grant Thornton. I'm a Fellow & former Chairman of the National Academy of Public Administration. I was appointed to the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, which made important recommendations for better integration of evidence into policymaking. While at the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, I worked with almost every agency on their major management challenges and what they were doing to improve. When President Bush was elected, I joined some of the most talented people in govt @ OMB. And because OMB's at the center of every government initiative, I worked on many of the govt's thorniest issues -- improper payments, competitive sourcing, strategic management of human capital, security clearance reform, IT reform & e-government. My major assignment was improving agency & program performance by assessing & enhancing programs with the PART. Every program got an assessment & developed improvement plans. I also negotiated the Transparency Act (FFATA) & then implemented it (

History of Employment

Grant Thornton LLP
Associate Director for Administration and Government Performance
U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Associate Director for Management
U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Counsel to the Controller
U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs
U.S. Senate
Legislative Director
Office of Representative Pete Sessions
Special Assistant/Professional Staff Member
House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight
U.S. House of Representatives
Primary Policy Areas

Budget and Finance, Government Operations/Innovation

Primary Sector of Expertise


Primary Functions

Budgeting and Finance, Human Capital