Over the course of over 25 years, Barrett & Greene Inc., through principals Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, has done much-praised research about state and local government.
Described by Peter Harkness, founder of Governing Magazine as "by far the most experienced journalists in the country covering public performance," they pioneered "grading the cities, counties and states" in management. Related to that work, they founded the Government Performance Project. They are special project consultants to the Volcker Alliance, senior fellows with the Council of State Governments, senior fellows at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, external advisors at the Government Finance Research Center and fellows in the National Academy of Public Administration. In addition, Greene has been named chair of The Center for Accountability and Performance at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). They are management columnists for Governing Magazine and also write occasional major features for the magazine. They are senior fellows at the Governing Institute.
Barrett and Greene have served in an advisory capacity to many organizations including the National League of Cities, the Urban Institute, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board; the Association of Government Accountants and the National Association of State Chief Administrators Offices.
They have demonstrated expertise in government management generally, procurement, HR and public sector workforce,, tax systems, health management and policy, pensions, infrastructure, contracting, civics education and notably, performance measurement. "Erudite, articulate and always interesting, I always learn something from their commentary," says John Cape, former New York State budget director.