Accountability and Performance Weekly – January 11-17

Evidence and Evaluation
One Year In, the Evidence Act is Producing Results
Jed Herrmann, Robert Shea and Andrew Feldman, Nextgov
Most agencies have identified evaluation officers and chief data officers and have started developing learning agendas that identify priority areas.

Legislative mandates provide direction on data
Lia Russell, Federal Computer Week
VA, HHS offer a look at how data management mandates from recent legislation are helping agencies.

Predicting a ‘Kilo of Impact’
Meeghan N. Zahorsky, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Instead of relying on measurement to prove the value of a past investment, determining the value of an intervention before it has even started allows funders to factor in social impact.

Management
Performance is the key to employee engagement
Mike Anderson, Federal News Network
The preferred approach is to make performance management the centerpiece of the employee engagement strategy.

2020 is the year for scaling up Trump administration workforce pilots
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Network
For the administration and its efforts to better position the federal workforce for the 21st century, many of its priorities will look familiar.

Trump Administration to Expand Hiring Pilot Programs in 2020
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
Pilot program with simpler resumes and more input from subject matter experts in assessing candidates will reach at least five additional agencies this year.

Reorganization
Pending study to examine OPM-GSA merger
Lia Russell, Federal Computer Week
There’s still no information yet on how the congressionally mandated study will be conducted.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – December 21-January 10

Evidence and Evaluation
Agencies Will Start 2020 With 20 Data Actions to Complete by Year’s End
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
The administration released the Federal Data Strategy Action Plan for the next year, adding four more action items from the draft released in summer.

FDA’s Data Strategy Modernization Starts With Public Outreach
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
FDA is overhauling the way it thinks about data and wants to start with feedback from employees and outside experts.

Data Standards for Grants Management Are Now the Law
Jeff Myers, Rujuta Waknis and Jason McGill, Nextgov
Standards will connect currently siloed reporting of incompatible grant data into compatible, open and transparent data that can be understood based on consistently defined data elements.

Federal agencies strive for OPEN Government Data Act compliance – and a Modern Data Experience can deliver
Nick Psaki, Federal News Network
The federal government is making strides with the OPEN Government Data Act, which demonstrates the critical role data plays in future innovation.

2019 in review: A chief data officer in every agency
Tajha Chappellet-Lanier, FedScoop
The signing of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act sent agencies running to find a CDO.

Collaboration
Government information sharing efforts remain a mixed bag
Derek B. Johnson, Federal Computer Week
The rollout of a new tool in 2017 has improved cybersecurity information sharing across the federal government, but other once promising programs are withering on the vine.

Innovation
The New Practice of Public Problem Solving
Tara McGuinness & Anne-Marie Slaughter, Stanford Social Innovation Review
A new class of innovators is advancing the public good by figuring out what people actually need and then testing, improving, and scaling solutions that may already be out there. Here are the four elements of their method.

Management
Federal Agencies Need a New Management Model
Howard Risher, Government Executive
Practices are out of sync with those proven to support successful, high performance work environments.

Navy Launches a New Civilian Human Capital Strategy for First Time in a Decade
Courtney Buble, Government Executive
The goal is to improve hiring, retention and employees’ experiences at work.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – December 14-20

Evidence and Evaluation
Data Evangelists Spread the Word on Boosting Government Performance
John Kamensky, Government Executive
A recent gathering of state and local officials had the feel of an old time revival.

Keys to success for a chief data officer: Automation ‘with a purpose’ and willing workforce
Jory Heckman, Federal News Network
The departments of Transportation and Energy have turned to machine learning tools to get a better handle of their data, but officials say those tools will only get them so far.

HUD, USDA throwing a little spaghetti against the wall to see what big data projects stick
Jason Miller, Federal News Network
HUD and USDA are turning to pilots to use data in new ways and gain support throughout the agency.

Management
Feds maintain ‘resilient’ engagement despite the shutdown
Jessie Bur, Federal Times
The federal workforce’s engagement in their jobs dipped only slightly in 2019, despite a record-breaking government shutdown to start out the year, but some agency subcomponents fared worse than others.

Innovation
How open innovation can transform the government technology playing field
Dan Chenok, Federal Computer Week
New entrants bring new applications that add significant value to government data.

Energy wants to open its innovation hub to the public
Dave Nyczepir, FedScoop
Energy hopes to open its Innovation Community Center to external partners in 2020.

Army Applications Laboratory: How problems get solved
Lauren Williams, Federal Computer Week
How the Army connects with nontraditional problem solvers to close capability gaps and drive modernization.

How You Can Get Better at Picking Creative Ideas
Dylan Walsh, Government Executive
A new paper investigates a relatively understudied part of the creative process: the very early stage, when we first generate rough ideas.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – December 7-13

Evidence and Evaluation
Evidence-Based Policymaking: Selected Agencies Coordinate Activities, but Could Enhance Collaboration
Government Accountability Office
Agencies can bring multiple sources of information together to determine whether federal programs are working as intended. Collaboration can help ensure that these evidence-building efforts are effective.

Management
Performance Data Has Value Only When It’s Used
Howard Risher, Government Executive
Government employees learn very early there is an unwritten job description that delimits what they are expected to do.

Innovation
Federal CIO: It’s Time for Those Digital Transformations to Scale Up
Brandi Vincent, Nextgov
In 2020, agencies will likely expand some of their new pilots and projects into enterprisewide solutions.

GAO Handbook Helps Answer Whether That New Tech Is Right For Your Agency
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
The principles in the handbook can be applied to any organization looking at new technologies.

Reorganization/Efficiency
Congress Moves to Block OPM-GSA Merger
Erich Wagner, Nextgov
A provision in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would first require an independent study of the challenges facing the Office of Personnel Management.

Pentagon’s zero-based review has freed $5 billion so far
Scott Maucione, Federal News Network
Defense Secretary Esper says the Pentagon freed up $5 billion over the last four months as part of a review to further align spending with the National Defense Strategy.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – November 23-December 6

Evidence and Evaluation
Laboratories of Democracy in Action: Investing in What Works
John Kamensky, Government Executive
The mere availability of information is not enough to get policy makers to actually use it.

Why a meaningful data strategy requires more than an action plan
Shaun Bierweiler, Federal Times
An independent data strategy cements an agency’s control of its own data indefinitely and provides flexibility, portability and consistency. Here are some pointers.

Do our algorithms have enough oversight?
Lia Russell, Federal Computer Week
Unconscious bias is just one of the unintended consequences complicating government’s use of AI.

Agencies plan for developing data science talent
Lia Russell, Federal Computer Week
The Data Science Training Pilot gives agencies a chance to see the benefits of data science projects while reskilling employees.

Federal data policy council aims to streamline data sharing between agencies
Dave Nyczepir, FedScoop
The council held its first internal meeting about a month before the Federal Data Strategy is expected to be released.

Management
Fed performance reviews will get a revamp
Jessie Bur, Federal Times
The Office of Personnel Management’s changes bring its Performance Appraisal Assessment Tool more in line with the Trump administration’s management objectives.

Reorganization
Watchdog: Proposed OPM-GSA Merger Continues to ‘Evolve’ Despite Lack of Legislation
Erich Wagner, Nextgov
Officials have continued to examine moving portions of OPM to GSA piecemeal, and still lack documentation for the legal authority and cost benefit analyses, the inspector general said.

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