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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - As Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley leaves office, he says he plans to go around the country speaking about new ways to make government more accountable while he seriously considers running for president in 2016.

O'Malley, a Democrat, sat down with reporters for about an hour Friday, days before he is scheduled to finish his second term on Wednesday. While reporters focused on his future plans, O'Malley appeared more interested in talking about his eight years as governor.

"I'm going to be giving talks around the country, going on the lecture circuit, talking about performance management and other sorts of things," O'Malley said.

When O'Malley was mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007, he became known for a data-tracking tool called CitiStat, which aimed to better measure and improve performance in government. He brought the same tools for use on a statewide level when he became governor in 2007.

O'Malley said the tools helped create benchmarks for fighting pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, a high-priority issue during his tenure. Now, O'Malley said, six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have agreed to measure actions they take on land in two-year increments in order to achieve bay restoration goals - something that had never happened before over decades of efforts to reduce pollution.

"You all would come, we'd assemble the cameras, we'd put the flag of every state behind us, and the latest group of mostly guys in ties would proclaim a 40-year-hope for cleaning up the bay, and yet there was no measureable, accountable way for the public to see whether that was happening and where their dollars were going," O'Malley said.

O'Malley also said he believes the federal government would benefit from broader use of data-tracking management tools to increase government accountability.

"I think that the larger an organization is, the more vitally needed is this new way of governing," O'Malley said.

O'Malley said he believes Democrats need to offer more ideas about building a more upwardly mobile middle class and creating jobs.

"They expect us to solve problems, and right now the biggest problem on the table is how do we get our middle class to grow again, how do we get wages to start going up again after 12 years of stagnation and decline and that's what people want to hear from us," O'Malley said.

O'Malley also has been keeping a blog about his experiences in government, and he said this week he is working on compiling the entries in a book.

The governor was repeatedly asked why he thought his lieutenant governor, Anthony Brown, lost to Republican Larry Hogan in November in such a heavily Democratic state. O'Malley rejected the suggestion that Brown's defeat was a sign that his administration had moved too far left even for Maryland.

He said that as he travels the country, people have expressed interest in how he maintained high levels of school funding. They also wanted to discuss social issues like approval of same-sex marriage.

"Sometimes tough choices are necessary," O'Malley said. "It's easy to vote to increase funding. It's hard to vote for the revenues that support that increased funding, but we've gone from $4 billion a year invested in public education to $6 billion a year in a pretty short period of time and in a recession."

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