Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley got a chance Tuesday to talk about one of his favorite subjects — “data-driven governance” — with the prime minister of India.
O’Malley (D) met for about 30 minutes with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Blair House in the District, according to aides to the governor. Modi was on a five-day visit to the United States that also included a meeting Tuesday with President Obama.
An aide to O’Malley, who is weighing a 2016 White House bid, said the meeting provided a chance to for the two leaders to talk about “their shared philosophy toward data-driven governance.”
As mayor of Baltimore, O’Malley pioneered a program called CitiStat, which used statistics to hold government agencies accountable for their performance and to help allocate resources to areas of greatest need. O’Malley has replicated the program at the state level, where it is called StateStat.
Other topics of discussion including Maryland’s economic relationship with India, the O’Malley aide. While Modi met with a number of other dignitaries, he and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley (R) were the only governors, the aide said.
The meeting apparently was well-received in India and elsewhere. By 7 p.m., a photo on Modi’s Facebook page had received more than 68,000 likes.