Accountability and Performance Weekly – January 12-18

How the 2019 shutdown could impact a ‘whole generation of workers’
Jessie Bur, Federal Times
The lengthy, partial government shutdown will likely have negative impacts on both recruiting and retention afforts at agencies and contractors.

Navy starts small with pay for performance pilot
Scott Maucione, Federal News Network
The Navy is experimenting with a way to reward sailors for good work.

Why ‘Nudge’ Policies Should Be Used Gently
Alan Ehrenhalt, Governing
Behavioral economics is a powerful tool to encourage people to make certain decisions, but governments need to use it with caution.

When Should a City Hire a Chief Innovation Officer?
Zack Quaintance, Government Technology
Although the position is an increasingly common one for local governments, cities that don’t yet have one must still carefully weigh a number of factors before deciding to make the move.

Open Government
Open Federal Data is Now the Law of the Land
Jack Corrigan, Nextgov
President Trump signed the OPEN Government Data Act into law, requiring agencies to publish machine-readable data and appoint chief data officers.

10 Things to Know About Government Reorganizations
Alan Balutis, Government Executive
The “soft” stuff turns out to be the hard stuff.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – January 5-11

Shutdown entering uncharted waters, with impacts on 2020 budgeting
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
Reopening government agencies after a shutdown and picking up required activity from a full stop carries presents serious challenges, and a prolonged delay will also have an impact on future budget plans.

Bridging the 2 Worlds of Performance Improvement
Howard Risher, Governing
The private sector has long blended measurement and workforce management. Often in government that’s not the way it works.

What Federal HR Could Learn from Tennessee’s Reforms
Steve Goodrich, Government Executive
What the state has accomplished could offer lessons for civil service reform.

The Key to Modernizing the Public-Sector Workforce
Noelle Knell, Government Technology
Studies show American workers are changing jobs more frequently than ever before — government workers included. Updating the workplace for public-sector staff is just as key as any technology evolution.

DOD audit sparks new financial database
Lauren Williams, Federal Computer Week
DOD’s acting deputy secretary of defense discussed the Pentagon’s pilot database to help track spending and utilize data analytics.

Turning a Commitment to Outcomes Into Practice
Lisa Morrison Butler and Danielle Cerny, Governing
A vision for results-driven government isn’t enough. The way business is conducted needs to change.

Open Government
How the shutdown affects open data
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
Developers rely on government data to build public-facing apps and services, and a lapse in appropriations can make things complicated.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – December 15-January 4

A Shutdown Would Have More Negative Effects than You Might Think
William G. Resh and Susannah Bruns Ali, Government Executive
The budget impasse threatens our future capacity to govern.
Shutdown ‘perfectly timed to prevent people from joining. government’
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
The federal workforce takes the brunt of the shutdown impact, but there’s another group who may be dissuaded from joining government altogether: young prospective employees and students.

Improving Program Management
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Two years after the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act was signed into law, slow but steady progress is being made.

Is the Federal Workforce Reaching Its Breaking Point?
Howard Risher, Government Executive
The level of burnout across government may be approaching a crisis point. The cost is substantial and growing worse.

A Playbook for Designing Social Impact Measurement
Gwendolyn Reynolds, Lisa C. Cox, Nicholas Fritz, Daniel Hadley, and Jonathan R. Zadra, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Thinking about social impact measurement on a spectrum can help organizations develop a clear, evidence-based idea of how or why their programs work.

Social Impact Bonds: More Than One Approach
Gary Painter, Kevin Albertson, Chris Fox, and Chris O’Leary, Stanford Social Innovation Review
A look at how social impact bonds differ between projects and geographies, and how those differences impact practical implementation.

Open Government
Federal financial data hub fails to meet certain requirements
Jessie Bur, Federal Times meets some key open data best practices, but still falls short of some legislative and administrative requirements.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – December 8-14

How to Create a Culture of Fairness in Government
Stewart Liff, Government Executive
The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows that some agencies have a lot of work to do.

Trump administration to focus on fewer workforce initiatives with more impact in 2019
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Network
Agencies have also said they’re beginning to evolve and mature their views on how they can improve employee engagement.

NASA Continues Its Reign Atop Best Places to Work in Government
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
Partnership for Public Service notes “sharp drop” in several factors affecting federal employee satisfaction.

OMB weighs two formats for new research center
Jessie Bur, Federal Times
Administration officials plan to stand up the Government Advanced Research Center sometime in 2019.

What’s New in Civic Tech: A New Map Visualizes Civic Innovation Networks
Zack Quaintance, Government Technology
A nonprofit organization has built a heat map that visualizes the growing civic innovation networks across the United States.

Open Government
Sunlight Foundation Offers Open Data Road Map
Government Technology
The Sunlight Foundation rolled out a new project this week called Roadmap to Informed Communities, which is a toolset aimed at helping local governments with open data work tailored to their residents.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – December 1-7

The Missing Piece in OMB’s Push for High-Value Government
Andrew Feldman and Kathy Stack, Government Executive
The administration should seize the opportunity to catalyze high-value work at all levels of government.

Why Taking a Step Back From Social Impact Assessment Can Lead to Better Results
Anita Fuzi, Lidia Gryszkiewicz, and Dariusz Sikora, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Before diving into measurement, organizations must establish awareness of and readiness for impact in every aspect of their operations.

How to Build High Performing Teams
Harrison Tasoff, Government Executive
Government-funded research shows the major factor for success: connectedness.

Customer Service
How Leaders Can Get Customer Experience Results in 2019
Eric Keller and Kathy Conrad, Government Executive
Four concrete steps that will enable lasting improvements.

Building Organizational Muscle and Mindset to Gather Participant Feedback
Brad Dudding and Chris Watler, Stanford Social Innovation Review
How shifting attention from gathering data about clients to gathering data from them helped a criminal justice organization improve services for participants and increase equity in the process.

Census Project Matches Your Agency’s Data with Civic Innovators
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
Through The Opportunity Project, Census is connecting data-laden federal agencies with private-sector innovators who can use that data to solve real problems.

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