David Osborne: A Prophet of Innovation

Author DAVID OSBORNE tells how to reinvent government and fight bureaucratic bloat

These days, when political influence is measured in minutes of face time with Bill Clinton, rival job seekers jealously track the comings and goings at the Governor's mansion in Little Rock. More than a few of them took note when, amid the procession of Senators and big campaign contributors, a shy, intense, bespectacled man with an unfamiliar face met for nearly an hour one-on-one with the President-elect.

The mystery guest was David Osborne, 41, a public policy consultant and author who shares Clinton's passion for such nuts-and-bolts issues as bank lending to inner-city residents and privatized pothole repair. The two met...

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