Meet William D. Eggers
Global Director, Public Sector Industry, Deloitte Research
William (Bill) Eggers is one of the country’s best known authorities on government reform. An author, columnist and popular speaker for two decades, he has built a significant following among public sector thought leaders in the U.S., Canada and overseas. Bill has advised dozens of cities, states and foreign countries and trained hundreds of public officials on government restructuring. He is a sought-after speaker, giving close to 100 speeches each year.
Currently, as the global director for Deloitte Research and executive director of Deloitte’s Public Leadership Institute, he is responsible for research and thought leadership for Deloitte’s Public Sector practice.
Bill is a former appointee to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s Performance Measurement Advisory Commission and the former project director for the Texas Performance Review/e-Texas initiative. He was involved in two performance reviews, in which he identified more than $2.5 billion worth of savings and non-tax revenues for the state. More than 60 percent of the recommendations in the reviews were enacted into law. Bill also served as a commissioner for the Texas Incentive and Productivity Commission and a designee on the Texas Council on Competitive Government.
Bill is a former senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and the former director of Government Reform at the Reason Public Policy Institute, a Los Angeles-based think tank.
Prior to joining the Reason Foundation, Bill assisted reformers in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union with the transition to market economies. Bill graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at San Diego.
Bill is the 1996 winner of the prestigious Roe Award for leadership and innovation in public policy research. He also received the 2002 APEX award for excellence in business journalism.
Bill's book Governing by Network was the winner of the National Academy of Public Administration’s 2005 Louis Brownlow Award for the best book on public management. In addition, his book Revolution at the Roots won the 1996 Sir Anthony Fisher Award for the book “making the greatest contribution to the understanding of the free economy during the past two years.”
He coined the terms “Government 2.0” and (with co-author Stephen Goldsmith) “Governing by Network” in his 2005 and 2006 books of the same names.
Bill is the author of numerous books on government reform, including:
- If We Can Put a Man on the Moon… Getting Big Things Done in Government (Harvard Business School Press, November 2009)
- States of Transition: Tackling Government’s Toughest Policy and Management Challenges (Deloitte Research, 2006)
- Government 2.0: Using Technology to Improve Education, Cut Red Tape, Reduce Gridlock and Enhance Democracy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005)
- Governing by Network: The New Shape of the Public Sector (Brookings, 2004 with Stephen Goldsmith), winner of the National Academy of Public Administration’s 2005 Louis Brownlow Award for the best book on public management
- Revolution at the Roots: Making our Government Smaller, Better and Closer to Home (The Free Press, 1995 with John O’Leary), winner of the 1996 Sir Anthony Fisher Award
His columns in Governing and Public CIO and feature articles in Government Executive regularly reach more than 100,000 readers. Bill’s commentary has also appeared in dozens of major media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, San Francisco Chronicle and Orange County Register. His upcoming book on how governments can improve their ability to do get big things done will be published in 2009.