David Osborne is the author or co-author of five books: The Price of Government: Getting the Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis (2004); The Reinventor's Fieldbook: Tools for Transforming Your Government (2000), Banishing Bureaucracy: The Five Strategies For Reinventing Government (1997), Reinventing Government (1992), and Laboratories of Democracy (1988). He has also authored numerous articles for the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Harpers, Inc., Governing, and other publications. David is a senior partner of The Public Strategies Group, a consulting firm that helps public organizations develop and implement strategies to improve their performance. He has worked with governments large and small, from cities and counties to states, federal agencies, and foreign governments.
In 1993, he served as a senior advisor to Vice President Gore, to help run what the Vice President often called his "reinventing government task force," the National Performance Review. He was the chief author of the NPR report, called by Time "the most readable federal document in memory."
He also serves as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a Congressionally chartered organization similar to the National Academy of Sciences.
A New York Times best-seller, Reinventing Government described how public sector institutions all across America were transforming the bureaucratic models they had inherited from the past, making government more flexible, creative, and entrepreneurial. Banishing Bureaucracy outlined the most powerful strategies available to create such governments. It's sequel, The Reinventor's Fieldbook, fleshes out that picture by providing "how-to" guidance on more than 70 different tools reinventors can use, from performance measurement and customer service standards to competitive bidding and labor-management partnerships. The Price of Government applies many of these ideas to the current fiscal crisis, which David and his co-author, Peter Hutchinson, argue will be with us for decades to come. It shows how our public institutions can use reinvention to squeeze ever more value out of every tax dollar they raise.
David graduated with honors from Stanford University, and he has taught at Yale University, as a visiting lecturer. He and his children live in Essex, Massachusetts, northeast of Boston.