Accountability and Performance Weekly – October 18-24, 2014

Carter Hewgley, FEMA: Conversations on Using Analytics to Improve Mission Outcomes
Brian Murrow, Business of Government
The Director of Enterprise Analytics for the Federal Emergency Management takes an iterative approach to maturing strategic analytics with FEMAStat.

How New Mexico uses evidence to drive smart funding decisions and improve programs
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Blog
In recent years, New Mexico has become a leader in using cost-benefit analysis to inform policy and budget decisions.

Army changing its energy culture through better data
Jared Serbu, Federal News Radio
The Army has been installing advanced electric meters on most of its major buildings over the last several years, and views the metering program as a valuable tool that will inform its future energy management programs.

The Ebola crisis: An enterprise leadership challenge
Ron Sanders, Federal Times
The Ebola crisis offers an example of the need for enterprise leadership, defined as the ability to lead a complex constellation of organizations that may include federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as international and non-government organizations and even other governments, all towards some common goal.

How to form coalitions of action
James Windle, Federal Times
The ideal “coalition of action” includes agency leadership, relevant White House councils and offices, and the committees with jurisdiction in Congress. Support from senior levels is always necessary.

Creating Innovation Offices That Work
Gadi Ben-Yehuda, Business of Goverment
A new report, “A Guide for Making Innovation Offices Work,” details the models, methods, and metrics of how government agencies are incorporating innovation into their bureaucracies.

The White House’s Digital Fixit Man Talks Culture Change in Government
Jason Shueh, Government Technology
Mikey Dickerson speaks out about leading the U.S. Digital Service agency and how he and his team are working to usher in a culture change in the public sector.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – October 11-17, 2014

Performance Management
10 ways to improve program management
Shefali Kapadia, Federal News Radio
The author examines best practices for acquisition program managers, but which are more broadly applicable as well.

Malcolm Bertoni, FDA: Conversations on Using Analytics to Improve Mission Outcomes
Brian Murrow, Business of Government
Malcolm Bertoni, Assistant Commissioner for Planning at the Food and Drug Administration, shares the important elements of a successful analytics program and a road map for getting there.

Using opportunistic experiments to learn what works: An interview with Peter Schochet, Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Blog
How can the public sector make the most of opportunities to learn what works — in other words, to fill knowledge gaps about effective policies and practices? “Opportunistic experiments” are an important tool for doing that.

Some Presidential Management Fellows Find Their Agencies and Managers Lacking
Kellie Lunney, Government Executive
While the program still remains overwhelmingly popular, agencies and supervisors fell short when it came to providing opportunities for professional learning and growth, fostering a work environment that allowed for creativity and communicating effectively.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – October 4-10

Performance Management
Why Isn’t Performance Information Being Used?
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Champions of performance management in government are confounded. After decades of trying to integrate the use of performance information into agency decision-making, it still isn’t happening on as broad a scale as once hoped.

Could Obama’s Push for Evidence-Based Program Evaluations Cross Party Lines?
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The Obama administration is reporting progress on its ongoing effort to prod agencies to increase their use of data analytics in making “evidence-based” evaluations of programs—even to the point of attracting interest from Republicans in the highly polarized Congress.

Lisa Danzig, OMB: Conversations on Using Analytics to Improve Mission Outcomes
Brian Murrow, Business of Government
Lisa Danzig, associate director for performance and personnel at the Office of Management and Budget, shares some insightful stories on leveraging big data and analytics to improve performance across multiple agencies.

4 Key Challenges Facing Local Government Innovators
Nigel Jacob, Governing
Tensions that make it difficult to make innovation a regular practice.

Open Government
The Secret to Making Tough Fiscal Choices: Open Government
Chuck Reed, Governing
When governments make it easy for citizens to know the facts and engage them in the conversation about what needs to be done, reforms can happen.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 27-October 3

Performance Management
Interview with GAO’s Chris Mihm on Agency Use of Performance Data
Federal News Radio
The Government Accountability Office keeps score of which agencies actually use that information, and only two agencies are showing any improvement.

Agencies Lose Ground in Performance Management, GAO Finds
Charles Clark, Government Executive
More than four years after the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act became law, most agencies have shown little progress in using performance data for managing daily operations, a survey found.

Performance management pitfalls
Howard Steinman, Federal Times
As an agency implements and executes a performance management program, it often has available—if it knows where to look—a number of indications that the program is starting to stumble.

Making Data Real – Lessons From and For Federal Leaders
Dan Chenok, Business of Government
How government leaders can leverage the power of analytics and data to make better decisions.

Collaborating across organizations — practice makes perfect
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Recent research supports what economists have long argued: Sustained collaboration adds real value, but you have to work at it!

Strengths and misperceptions of Social Impact Bonds: An interview with Jeffrey Liebman, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator
Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) — also known as Pay for Success — are relatively new in the U.S., but interest has grown quickly at the local, state and federal levels in just a few years.

Crowdsourcing Offers Gov Funding Option for Civic Tech
Jason Shueh, Government Pechnology
Online crowdfunding platforms are a growing alternative route to support civic projects by citizens.

Open Government
Treasury, OMB chart path to Data Act implementation
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
While OMB is leading the development of data definition standards, Treasury is concentrating on data exchange standards.

Recipe for a successful DATA Act is part collaboration, part oversight
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) has already garnered more attention, more high-level focus, in four months since it became law than previous federal transparency laws did in the last seven years.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 20-26

What Do We Know About Inter-Organizational Networks?
John Kamensky, Business of Government
As Millennials join the workforce, they are bringing their propensity for social networking into the workplace. As a result, network-centered approaches to doing work will likely become more prevalent.

First of its Kind Venture Capital Fund Pumps Millions into GovTech Startups
Jack Moore, Nextgov
Over the past 15 months or so, a California-based venture capital fund has been quietly raising millions of dollars for a handful of technology startups designed to make the government work more efficiently.

Why large government IT projects fail
David Elfanbaum, Federal Computer Week
The conspiracy of hope begins when the government puts out requests for proposals for projects that are too large, long-term and complex for contractors to make credible proposals. Agile development offers a potential remedy, with large projects developed and delivered in small increments.

Open Government
The skinny on the White House’s new open-government initiatives
Colby Hochmuth, Federal Computer Week
The White House’s latest open-government plan includes four new or expanded initiatives aimed at promoting education to increase awareness and engagement, delivering government services more effectively through IT, increasing spending transparency and using big data to support openness and accountability.

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