Accountability and Performance Weekly – October 3-9

Performance Management
Are Agencies Using Performance Info to Make Decisions?
John Kamensky, Government Executive’
Results are mixed, but reviews are boosting collaboration.

‘Data-driven reviews’ and agency performance
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
The author takes heart that so many agency heads are leading “STAT”-style meetings.

Will New Regs Trigger Better Executive Performance?
Howard Risher, Government Executive
The focus is on public policy issues, not day-to-day management.

Lots of data, lots of fears
Zach Noble, Federal Computer Week
A new survey shows many federal leaders are worried they don’t have what it takes to effectively tackle big data projects.

Customer Service
Enterprise Government: How the Next Administration Can Better Serve Citizens (Part One)
Dan Chenok and Alan Howze, Business of Government
Many priorities won’t line up neatly with the agency structure of the federal government, and achieving them will require that agencies work together as an “enterprise government” — collaborating and integrating programs and activities to achieve common goals and objectives.

Data and the Opportunity to Rethink Human Services
B.J. Walker and Tiffany Dovey Fishman, Governing
Bringing new technology and analytics to bear is critical for transformational outcomes.

Innovation keeps eyes on the prize
Mark Rockwell, Federal Computer Week
At age 5, is opening doors to the federal market for problem solvers, but it may never be a vehicle for large-scale IT projects.

White House Renews Bet on the Creativity of the Crowd
Mohana Ravindranath, Nextgov
Five years after unveiling, the White House is ramping up its investment in the ingenuity of everyday citizens.

White House Plans to Grow U.S. Digital Services, 18F in 2016
Jason Shueh, Government Technology
White House Senior Adviser and former U.S. CTO Todd Park reports that despite potential funding cuts, staff at the two agencies will reach 500 by the end of 2016.

Using behavioral insights to improve government performance: An interview with Maya Shankar, Chair, White House Social and Behavioral Science Team
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Podcast
the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team has released its first annual report that details the results of 15 different projects to apply insights from behavioral sciences to improve program outcomes.

Open Government
What Are the DATA Act’s Implications for Federal Agencies?
Jeff Adams, Business of Government
A new law passed in 2014 requires substantial changes in how federal agencies track and report their spending. The first step is standardizing reporting of financial data, which is underway, but more is coming – with a deadline of May 2017 for full compliance.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 26-October 2

Performance Management
New OPM guidelines to hold senior execs more accountable
Sam Ufret, Federal News Radio
The overhaul will better enable agencies to ensure members of the SES are held more accountable for individual and agency performance, and to provide new oversight guidelines.

Measuring Success: Will It Play in Peoria?
Shelley Metzenbaum, Government Executive
Well-designed small-scale testing can help government achieve greater impact not only at a lower cost but also in more fair, understandable ways.

Customer Service
Embracing & Managing Negative Feedback
Darcie Piechowski, Business of Government
The immediate access to citizen feedback rendered possible by our digital world presents new and faster means for government organizations to improve their services.

Will Urban Innovation Teams Outlast Political Change?
Paul Taylor, Governing
They have become a staple in several cities. Whether they stay around is up to new mayors in charge.

Open Government
Administration issues new mandates on crowdsourcing, citizen science
Aaron Boyd, Federal Times
OSTP has issued a memo outlining the benefits of encouraging citizen engagement to solve problems, guidelines for getting started and near-term milestones for agencies to meet.

Obama Again Found Lacking in Open Government Efforts
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Agencies are falling short of their potential in easing access to sometimes-sensitive documents, “despite commendable efforts and some meaningful transparency advancements.”

Presidential Transition
Top Obama Aide Recalls Tensions of 2008 Presidential Transition
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Chris Lu praises new book on “history’s best” White House changeover.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 19-25

Performance Management
How to design performance measures to better measure impact: An interview with Peter Schochet, Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Blog
There are ways to make performance measures a better indicator of impact, including the use of regression-adjusted performance measures.

How decision modeling can make for better government
Dawn Levy, Federal Computer Week
Business decision logic is a type of data, and it’s time agencies started treating it that way.

Enterprise Government: Don’t Go It Alone!
Robert Shea, Government Executive
Cross-agency leadership is the key to progress on major goals.

Open Government
Treasury will invite more feedback on
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Radio
Treasury wants the public to get involved in the discussion and comment on the portal’s visualization and navigation tools.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 12-18

Performance Management
Chris Mihm: Agencies not following priority goals reporting standards
Federal News Radio
Chris Mihm, managing director for strategic issues at GAO, discusses a new report on how agencies are complying with the reporting requirements of the GPRA Modernization Act.

GAO: Agencies aren’t publicly explaining how they’re meeting agency priority goals
Ryan McDermott, FierceGovernment
Several federal agencies haven’t been transparent about how they’re measuring performance against their priority goals, says a GAO report.

It’s Still Hard to Find Good Agency Performance Data in One Place
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Six agencies have fallen short in publishing accessible and defensible performance data on their efforts to meet priority goals, says GAO.

How New York City Is Mainstreaming Data-Driven Governance
Stephen Goldsmith, Governing
What began as a niche innovation is creating a wider transformation of government culture.

Customer Service
Obama Tells Agencies to Hire Experts in Giving People Exactly What They Want
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Effort to recruit behavioral scientists part of initiative to improve delivery of services across government.

‘Nudge’ your way to better government management
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Earlier this week, the White House issued an executive order that reflects a laudable effort to harness research knowledge to government performance.

Making Open Innovation Ecosystems Work: Case Studies in Healthcare
Michael Keegan, Business of Government
In the mist of tightening budgets, many government agencies are being asked to deliver innovative solutions to operational and strategic problems. One way to address this dilemma is to participate in open innovation.

HHS wants more innovators to ‘hack red tape’
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Radio
The upcoming fifth round of the HHS Ignite Accelerator will be the biggest one yet, thanks to high demand from the agency’s employees.

Bringing Design Thinking into Government
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Five key principles behind creating a design-centric organizational culture.

The Impact of Government Shutdowns on Innovation
Darcie Piechowski, Business of Government
It’s time to revisit the impact of past shutdowns and Continuing Resolutions, both which can delay funding to agencies and cause uncertainty over future funding.

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CAP Announcement

New recognition program for Emerging Leaders in the field of government performance management

The Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP), established by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), has created a new award program to recognize early- to mid-career government professionals in the field of performance management at the federal, state, and local levels.  The CAP Emerging Leaders Award of Excellence program is looking for nominations for individuals who are actively implementing performance management systems, innovating new practices, and promoting the importance of performance and accountability within their governments and communities.

Emerging Leaders can be self nominated or be nominated by others and will be chosen by a subcommittee of current CAP Board members. Nominees should have approximately 5-10 years of experience within a government organization and shown leadership, innovation, and/or accomplishment.

Click here for the program details and nomination form. Applications are due by December 1st.

The Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP) was established in 1996 by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) to address the requirement for all levels of government to move to performance-based, results-driven management. CAP aims to improve the practice of public service by helping public administration and nonprofit professionals acquire the knowledge, technical skills and resources necessary to successfully manage for results. CAP provides education, training, advocacy, technical assistance, resource sharing, and research on promising practices in performance management. Its publications and training materials are available to ASPA members and non-members.

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