Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 20-26

Performance Management
Priority Goal Update
Beth Cobert, OMB Blog
Article highlights a few examples of progress being made on cross-agency priority goals.

A guide to creating a culture of performance
Bianca Spinosa, Federal Computer Week
A new report from the Partnership for Public Service aims to chart a path toward creating a culture of performance improvement for federal agencies.

What Commerce, HUD and DHS can teach us about improving performance
Emily Kopp, Federal News Radio
Agencies are working to make performance improvement sustainable.

Driving Results in Cities Could Influence Federal Performance Efforts
Patrick Lester, Government Executive
Using data to steer limited funds to programs that work.

The Majority of Agency Heads Don’t Actually Use Data on Program Performance
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Agencies are advancing the principles of data-based performance, linking programs to mission and measuring return on investment, a new survey shows. But less than half of performance officers surveyed said their agency heads use performance data to drive decision-making.

Analytics/Evaluation
The Causes, Costs and Consequences of Bad Government Data
Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, Governing
States and localities are embracing the promise of big data. But just how good is the information they’re collecting in the first place?

Data Officers put business first, not IT
Aaron Boyd, Federal Times
The Chief Data Officer is a new role for the few agencies that have one in place and many are still figuring out exactly what their purview should be.

Open Government
What the Private Sector Can Teach Us About Open Government
Katie Burke, Government Executive
How data sharing can improve citizen services.

States and Cities Are ‘Labs’ for Inclusive Governance
Dave Nyczepir, Government Executive
Consulting residents helps officials manage high demand and limited resources, with less public criticism.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 13-19

Performance Management
Can We Focus on What Works?
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Can we shift the conversation in Washington from “waste, fraud, and abuse” to “what works and let’s fund it, instead?”

Senators Offer Plan to Streamline Program Management
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The bill would require the deputy director for management at OMB to create a Program Management Policy Council and to direct agencies to appoint program management improvement officers.

Innovation
Why 18F concentrates on changing culture
Greg Otto, Fedscoop
The innovation coming out of 18F has little to do with new technology and a lot to do with new ways of thinking inside government agencies.

Open Government
The delicate, deliberate delivery of the DATA Act
Greg Otto, Fedscoop
The DATA Act is going to take some heavy lifting. OMB and the Treasury Department are setting benchmarks so agencies hit the law’s 2017 deadline.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 6-12

Leadership
How Can the Next Administration Build A Strong Political and Career Leadership Team?
Dan Chenok, Business of Government
By focusing on “leadership talent” as a key priority, the next President can significantly enhance government’s capacity for political and career executives to deliver strong results.

COOs give President’s Management Council a mixed grade
Emily Kopp, Federal News Radio
Deputy secretaries and other COOs give lackluster reviews to the President’s Management Agenda and President’s Management Council in a new report.

Deputy secretaries: ‘Integrators-in-chief’ or sacrificial goats?
Emily Kopp, Federal News Radio
COOs are charged with tackling everything from complex, long-standing management problems to the execution of new program and policy goals.

Management
Rule #1: Policy Design Starts With Operational Capacity
Robert Behn, Government Executive
Before public officials ask an organization to do something, they need to ask two key design questions.

Open Government
Going big on Data Act implementation
Zach Noble, Federal Computer Week
Senior leadership’s message is clear that a half-hearted effort at tracking government spending data just won’t cut it.

Warner Pushes for DATA Act Follow-Through
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Sen. Mark Warner pronounced himself pleased with joint-agency progress on implementation.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 30-June 5

Performance Management
Did Performance Measurement Cause America’s Police Problem?
Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, Governing
Some argue it can be traced back to how governments evaluate officers.

Efficiency/Reorganization
Employees drive USDA culture change that leads to $1.4B in savings
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
The Agriculture Department saved more than a $1 billion over the last three years by acting more like one organization. But maybe more importantly, the Blueprint for Stronger Service initiative initiated a culture change among USDA employees.

Open Government
Watchdog Finds Glitches in Governmentwide Effort to Track Spending Consistently
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Treasury has shown progress toward getting agencies to post consistent data on spending, but some lapses in tracking of workstreams suggest that planners view the vast project from too high an altitude.

Innovation
Why Steve Jobs’s Influence is Reverberating Through Government
Kevin Merritt, Quartz
Government is being re-shaped by data-driven digital innovators.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 23-29

Performance Management
The Truth About Government Performance
Tom Shoop, Government Executive
What do we have to show for more than two decades of focus on results?

Analytics/Evaluation
12 Ways for Congress to Step Up US Data Innovation
Hallie Golden, Nextgov
As data becomes more important in shaping the country’s day-to-day decision-making, the Center for Data Innovation has some ideas for how Congress can fast track U.S. data innovation.

How to Successfully Harvest Value from Open Data
Jason Shueh, Government Technology
Experts offer advice on how civic tech firms, entrepreneurs and nonprofits — who are are pushing state and local governments to open up more datasets based on national standards — can best use the data they seek.

Efficiency/Reorganization
Defining and achieving efficiency in government
Steve Goodrich, Federal Times
Suggests a number of changes to increase the efficiency of federal agencies.

Innovation
OPM Lab Takes the Lead on Innovation
Katherine Archuleta, Government Executive
Team uses human-centered design to help agencies improve services.

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