Accountability and Performance Weekly – July 16-22

Analytics/Evaluation
How Utah became a leader in evidence-based policymaking
Andy Feldman, GovInnovator Podcast
State leaders in Utah have created a variety of centralized and agency-specific tools to incorporate evidence into policy and funding decisions.

Innovation
A Conversation With Mayors on Making Innovation Stick
Ed Skyler, Governing
Mayors from the City Accelerator’s first cohort reflect on the changes underway in their cities.

Leadership
A Key Efficiency Ingredient: Dissent
Stephen Goldsmith, Governing
Encouraging informed disagreement is the only way a public leader can learn whether an initiative might — or might not — succeed.

Open Government
White House pushes agency heads to expand open data
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
The White House released new guidance instructing agencies to expand their data transparency activities and incorporate public feedback.

Risk Management
With A-123 update, OMB knits together risk management, internal controls
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
A-123, now known as Management’s Responsibility for Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Controls, introduces a governmentwide risk management program, and it updates the internal controls program to better align with recent changes made by GAO.

White House to Agency Leaders: You Must Do More to Reduce Risk
Charles Clark, Government Executive
OMB released updated guidance requiring agencies to step up efforts to reduce risk across their operations.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – July 9-15

Analytics/Evaluation
When Solid Data Isn’t Enough
John Kamensky, Government Executive
It takes more than accurate information to bridge the gap between evidence and policy.
Defining Evidence Down
Patrick Lester, Stanford Social Innovation Review
With evidence-based policy, we need to acknowledge that some evidence is more valid than others. Pretending all evidence is equal will only preserve the status quo.

Innovation
Bill would codify Presidential Innovation Fellows program
Sean Lyngaas, Federal Computer Week
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has introduced a bill to make the Presidential Innovation Fellows program permanent.

Leadership
Workforce management advice for the next administration
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
The National Academy of Public Administration wants to see more workforce accountability and bottom-up feedback from the next administration.

Presidential Transition
Striving for Excellence in Federal Management
David Chu and G. Edward DeSeve, Government Executive
When an administration prioritizes good management, government is capable of great things.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 25-July 8

Analytics/Evaluation
Transforming Federal grant programs into engines of evidence-based policy and innovation: An interview with Robert Gordon
Andy Feldman, GovInnovator
How can the Federal government encourage more evidence-based policy and innovation through the grant making process?

Tech in the service of performance measurement
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Kelman reports on innovations at DHS that could help analysts across government.

Innovation
Clinton tech agenda bakes in innovation teams
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
Hillary Clinton’s newly released technology agenda calls for retaining the U.S. Digital Service and other innovation groups to improve government services.

Presidential Transition
Nominee for OMB Deputy Slot Promises Focus on the Presidential Transition
Charles Clark, Government Executive
If confirmed for the final six months of the Obama administration, deputy management director nominee Andrew Mayock would focus on ensuring a smooth presidential transition.

Risk Management
Can We Predict the Future More Accurately?
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Is there a science behind predicting uncertain events in the future, or is it intuitive?

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 18-24

Performance Management
How Some Agencies Are Escaping GAO’s High-Risk List
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Sen. Carper holds unofficial “roundtable” to showcase efforts at FDA, DHS, Defense and NASA.

Failure-Proofing Government
John Bernard, Governing
Comprehensive performance management is the key for the long term. But for the short term, there’s nothing wrong with a Band-Aid.

Customer Service
Successful Government Leaders Adopt Design-Focused, User-Centric Way of Working
Jessica Mulholland, Government Technology
In business and increasingly in government, there’s a growing realization of the importance of design in everything from customer experiences to societal problem solving.

Innovation
Sweat the Small Stuff
Brian Elms, Governing
At Denver’s innovative Peak Academy management program, there’s a big focus on celebrating small-scale wins.

Leadership
Senior Executive Service Faces ‘Pivotal Moment’ on Cusp of Next Administration
Kellie Lunney, Government Executive
Report details some agencies’ efforts to infuse new life into the aging elite career corps.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 11-17

Performance Management
The Real Problem With Inflated Performance Evaluations
Howard Risher, Government Executive
For government, there is a very real question about the value of requiring annual ratings.

Are 99 percent of feds actually successful at their jobs?
David Thornton, Federal News Radio
Either federal employees are successful at their jobs 99 percent of the time, or the ratings systems used by federal agencies to measure their performance are flawed.

Outcomes Matter More Than Ever in Services Contracting
Tim Cooke, Government Executive
Performance-based acquisition is central to defense and civilian agency initiatives to improve the outcomes of the 63 percent of federal procurement spending that goes to acquire services.

Analytics/Evaluation
Republicans Deploy an Old Tool in Combating Poverty: Evidence
Patrick Lester, Government Executive
The GOP is turning to evidence-based policy to address a host of challenges, but lawmakers in both parties have a long track record of politicizing outcomes.

The Hill, Feds Can Learn Lessons from States About Using Data to Inform Policy
Ingrid Schroeder, The Hill
Many states have developed innovative approaches for using data to inform policy, approaches that federal decision-makers can learn from and emulate.

Innovation
Digital Government and the Virtues of Simplicity
William Eggers, Governing
The face government presents to the public is far too complex. If the public sector isn’t to become increasingly irrelevant, that has to change.

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