Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 20-26

Performance Management
HR’s Crucial Role in Boosting Government’s Performance
Howard Risher, Governing
HR is the logical home for people-management expertise. We need to re-define its function.

Trump Budget’s Blessing of Program Evidence Could Cut Two Ways
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Program evaluation specialists welcome effort but some worry it could simply be used to justify cuts.

Bipartisanship? It may be possible thanks to this little-known group
Sandy Davis and William Hoagland, The Hill
The work of a little-known federal commission may hold the key to more effective policymaking.

How Policymakers Prioritize Evidence-Based Programs Through Law
Pew-Macarthur Results First Initiative
Lessons from Washington, Tennessee, and Oregon.

The importance of replication and validation in evidence-based policy: An interview with Tammy Chang, U.S. Treasury Department, and Nathanial Higgins, formerly U.S. Social and Behavioral Sciences Team
Andy Feldman, GovInnovator Podcast
Two real-life stories from the front lines of government performance improvement efforts that highlight the importance of replication and validation in evidence-based policy.

Building Real Collaboration into Your Organization
Pratichi Shah, Stanford Social Innovation Review
How focusing on the three organizational pillars of culture, people, and leadership can help fuel meaningful collaboration.

GSA Hackathon Sought Tangible AI Solutions for Making Government Data Accessible via ‘Personal Assistant’
Theo Douglas, Government Technology
Many agencies in attendance gave overviews of what types of public data they have, how those are accessed and in what format they exist — focusing on frequently requested information ranging from student loan qualifications to parks information to applying for a passport.

Optimizing Government Performance: Tips from the Trenches
Noelle Knell and Elaine Pittman, Government Technology
Lessons learned on data-driven decision-making and creating a culture of innovation.

Forcing culture change at DOD
Sean D. Carberry, Federal Computer Week
Study after study has argued that the Department of Defense is risk averse and unable to rapidly adapt to changing technology. One former official says it’s time to use force to change innovation culture at the Pentagon.

Leadership Matters, But Government Has a Deeper Problem
Ronald Sanders and Terry Gerton, Government Executive
Federal management systems are in dire need of an overhaul.

Risk and Trump’s Reorganization Order
Linda Miller, Government Executive
The mandate for reform represents an opportunity for agency leaders.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 13-19

Performance Management
Government’s unending saga of management reform
Alan Balutis, Federal Computer Week
The problem with President Trump’s management agenda is not its particulars — it’s that we’ve been talking about the same changes for decades.

How Government Can Nurture the Nudge
Stephen Goldsmith, Governing
Behaviorally informed interventions can improve outcomes. Louisville’s approach shows the wisdom of starting small.

Evidence-based government: It’s not rocket science
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
The author points to some very straightforward examples of measuring the effectiveness of an intervention.

Hacking Nonprofit Collaboration
Art Taylor, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Nine considerations for nonprofits looking to maximize social impact through collaboration.

Creating Breakout Innovation
Joanna Levitt Cea and Jess Rimington, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Nonprofits, community groups, and philanthropists are embracing cocreation as a way to engage a wider community in tackling pressing problems.

Open Government
Bill would make it easier for citizens to give agencies a piece of their mind
Tony Ware, Federal Times
Sens. Lankford and McCaskill have introduced the Federal Agency Customer Experience Act to remove extensive interagency review processes keeping agencies from gauging customer satisfaction.

Open Data Needs More Than Executive Order, Think Tank Says
Mohana Ravindranath, Nextgov
Executive orders aren’t enough to bolster federal open data programs, and Congress needs to step up, a technology advocacy group says.

Risk Management
Using Scenario Planning to Surface Invisible Risks
Sampriti Ganguli, Stanford Social Innovation Review
How to prepare an organization for the unexpected.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 6-12

New spending site debuts
Sara Friedman, Federal Computer Week
The Treasury released on the new beta version of, designed to show off the financial information collected and disseminated under the DATA Act.

The power of the DATA Act begins to emerge
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
On a recent May day at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Innovation Center in Washington, D.C., about 50 creative minds opened their laptops and dove into 100,000 federal spending reports.

DATA Act: More ‘boon’ than ‘boondoggle’ for agencies
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
The three-year implementation is going well, while agency managers breathe a sigh of relief even as they prepare for the next step.

Oversight Committee to Treasury: Get tough on DATA Act
Carten Cordell, Federal Times
With DATA Act reporting underway, the House Oversight Committee wants implementation fixes in place.

As big deadline hits, lawmakers warn on long-term risks to Data Act
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
As agencies are wrapping up submissions for the DATA Act’s first deadline, transparency advocates and lawmakers are framing the milestone date more as a starting point.

A Blueprint for SES Reform
Ron Sanders, Government Executive
A set of specific recommendations for transforming the government’s senior executive corps.

Reorganization order creates low morale, hurts mission, federal managers say
Terry Wing, Federal News Radio
As they put together their agency restructuring plans, agency leaders have expressed doubt about the process.

In planning for the reorg, Price encourages employees to help him ‘reimagine’ HHS
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Radio
Department secretaries have been making the rounds, outlining their plans to reorganize their agencies and detailing how those strategies may involve or impact their workforce. HHS Secretary Tom Price offered his view and asked that HHS employees view upcoming reorganization efforts as an opportunity.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – April 29-May 5

Performance Management
OMB’s Biggest Challenge
Howard Risher, Government Executive
Government does not have the systems in place today to identify the best performers or rationalize staffing.

DATA Act advocates reflect on three years of planning, partnerships, predictions for future spending reports
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
Open government advocates, industry, and agency officials are eagerly looking toward the May 9 implementation date for standardized federal spending information.

Agencies looking beyond Data Act deadline
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
The DATA Act’s first submission deadline is a few days away, but agencies are already counting the benefits and looking to future uses.

7 problems (and solutions) ahead of next week’s DATA Act deadline
Carten Cordell, Federal Times
The long-awaited rollout of the DATA Act reporting requirements are set to debut on May 9, but a new report says challenges remain for agencies looking to capitalize on the law’s Big Data possibilities.

Trump tech aide touts DATA Act as ‘model’ for innovation
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
A few agencies will miss the May deadline to electronically submit their financial data, but robust support of spending data transparency from the White House, Congress and the private sector will keep the pressure on lagging agencies.

How analytics can transform federal real estate budget planning
Rana Lahiri and Ed Cody, Federal Computer Week
By combining financial and asset management data, agencies can build a systems for better decision making.

Social Progress’s True Metric: Compared to What?
William Corrin and John Martinez, Stanford Social Innovation Review
With a proper approach and clear benchmarks, program evaluation can yield unexpected insights and become a delightful learning experience.

Arizona Management Systems Principles Improve State Processes, Save Millions
Theo Douglas, Government Technology
Focusing on customer value and continuous improvement, and engaging employees to improve productivity, quality and service has helped Arizona save millions of dollars so far.

Open Government
OMB gets avalanche of government improvement suggestions
Mark Rockwell, Federal Computer Week
The White House call for suggestions from federal employees and the public has brought in over 60,000 submissions.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – April 22-28

GAO List of Duplicative Programs to Piggyback on Trump Efficiency Effort
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Congress’ watchdog released its seventh annual inventory of duplicative or fragmented programs with a nod toward the reorganization effort announced by the Trump White House.

Trump’s Separate Pursuit of Two Government Reform Plans Will Hurt Both
Stan Soloway, Government Executive
A more connected and aligned strategy is more likely to drive sustainable, effective results.

Scratch-built government: A ‘how-to’ blueprint
Ron Sanders, Federal Times
As OMB and the agencies consider their next steps here are some lessons learned from previous major government transformations over the last couple of decades they can consider.

Reorganization fever
David Wennergren, Federal Computer Week
It’s worth reviewing what works and doesn’t, so that agencies can avoid the pitfalls of the past and aim to succeed.

Trump Administration Will Ask Career Feds How to Do Things Better — or Not at All
Eric Katz, Government Executive
According to one of the architects of the plan, career federal employees will play an outsized role in crafting the Trump administration’s effort to reshape government.

Performance Management
The Scoreboards That Government’s Front-Line Workers Need
John Bernard, Governing
To improve processes, it’s crucial for everyone to be able to see how they’re doing in real time.

DATA Act deadline is looming, but don’t expect ‘perfection,’ officials say
Samantha Ehlinger, Fedscoop
The first deadline for the DATA Act, which requires all agencies to report spending in a standardized way, is on May 9. But that marker, officials say, is only the beginning.

With New Research ‘Lab,’ D.C. Aims Big for Better Public Policy
J.B. Wogan, Governing
Lots of cities use social science data to help make decisions. But the District of Columbia is going a lot further.

Creating an Executive Corps for All of Government
Beth Cobert, Government Executive
Federal executives are faced with daunting challenges in increasingly complex and fast-moving times.
More often than not they require a multiagency response.

Open Government
How Government’s Data Can Be Truly Useable
Stephen Goldsmith, Governing
Visualization is what residents need to be able to drive action on issues.

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