Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 9-15

Performance Management
Competent Management: Getting the Basics Right
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Federal agencies are currently in the midst of developing grand reform plans and four-year strategic plans to submit to OMB this week. But sometimes it is worthwhile to stand back and look at whether you’re doing the basics right.

Focusing on the Outcomes That Matter Most
Richard Anderson and Anna Roach, Governing
By aligning its transformation efforts with six priority areas, Georgia’s most populous county is seeing early progress.

Meaning of ‘Performance’ in Government Performance Management
Prajapati Trivedi, Business of Government
In the name of measuring ‘performance’ of a government agency, there has been a proliferation of approaches, methods and methodologies. However, no one measurement approach is better than others. The right question to ask is whether the measurement approach is appropriate for the task at hand.

Reorganization
Senators gear up for government reorg
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
With agencies’ draft reorganization plans due at the end of the month, senators want to focus on legislative solutions to the low-hanging fruit for improving agency efficiencies.

Focus on ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ in Agency Reform Efforts, Senators Tell Trump Administration
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Lawmakers also say agencies need to solicit input from front-line feds.

One reorganization idea that nearly everyone can agree on
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Radio
Ask any stakeholder about the Trump administration’s efforts to reorganize government and restructure the federal workforce, and they’ll give you a different answer about how it’s going.

Experts: Lasting Organizational Change Begins at All Levels
Eyragon Eidam, Government Technology
If you thought changing bad habits was hard, try getting an entire organization to move in a new direction. Varying interests within any given group and a reluctance to adapt to new ways of doing business often puts organizations and change drivers at odds with one another.

Innovation
A Portfolio Approach to Social Innovation Partnerships
Steve Davis and Elaine Gibbons, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Successful social innovation at scale requires partners from the public, private, and social sectors to work together through flexible models that evolve to meet shifting requirements and address changing risks.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – August 26-September 8

Analytics/Evaluation
Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Calls for Interagency Coordination
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Report recommends a National Secure Data Service that would help with specific projects without compromising privacy.

How Congress can get better data and also increase privacy
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
A bipartisan panel of government management experts is pushing for the creation of a federal data service for collecting and distributing information to aid evidence-based policymaking.

Smarter regulation through data science
Edward Seiler, Federal Computer Week
How analytics offers a low-cost alternative to regulation when it comes to monitoring risks to the financial system.

Collaboration
Intragovernmental Collaborations: Pipedreams or the Future of the Public Sector?
Sarah Worthing, Stanford Social Innovation Review
How policy labs can foster greater collaboration and policy co-creation.

Management
Making Government’s Massive Programs Work: Now It’s the Law
Roger Kodat, Business of Government
Over the past few decades, the private sector has recognized program management as a key factor in enhancing organizational performance with respect to complex and challenging change initiatives.

When Are Managers Willing to Take Risks?
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Do federal managers systematically avoid taking risks, or do they regularly try new things, undertake organizational changes, and innovate?

Reorganization
The Formula for Operational Excellence in Government
Stephen Goldsmith and Jane Wiseman, Governing
Successful efficiency efforts have several important things in common, as three case studies illustrate.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – August 19-25

Analytics/Evaluation
Fighting the Opioid Epidemic with Evidence and Innovation
Andrew Feldman, Richard Frank, and Christopher Spera, Government Executive
How Congress and the Health and Human Services Department can reduce opioid-related deaths.

‘Big challenge’ ahead for procurement, grants reporting under DATA Act
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
It took federal agencies’ four years to go from introduction to implementation of the DATA Act, so what will it take to get 2,300 grant-making programs and 3,200 procurement offices to do the same?

Innovation
Drowning in Data, Cities Turn to ‘Citizen Scientists’
Tod Newcombe, Governing
Governments have more data than they have the manpower to handle. Some recruit volunteers to help analyze it all, but they’re far from being experts in data.

Management
Making Government’s Massive Programs Work: Now It’s the Law
Dan Chenok, Government Executive
Implementing the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act.

Reorganization
Can reorg plans get agencies off the high-risk list?
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
As agencies continue preparations to submit their reorganization plans, many also have to reckon with their places on the Government Accountability Office’s high-risk list.

GAO Chief Dismisses ‘Legend’ that Agencies Can’t Escape High-Risk List
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The effort to gather agency ideas for reorganizing to boost efficiency are “a perfect” opportunity to use GAO’s high-risk list as a tool.

Open Government
‘Imagine Boston 2030’ Dashboard Seeks to Bolster City Government Accountability
Zack Quaintance, Government Technology
Platform condenses 472-page plan into simple progress metrics that cover all of the goals within Boston’s first citywide project in 50 years.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – August 12-18

Performance Management
States Add a Human (Services) Touch to ‘Stat’
J.B. Wogan, Governing
Colorado is one of the few governments to employ the data-driven approach in human services. It’s helping the state tackle major problems.

Analytics/Evaluation
The future of prediction in an unpredictable world
Ben Berliner, Federal Computer Week
Agility and prediction are not mutually exclusive in government decision-making, according to a new study.

Collaboration
Bridging Governments’ Borders
Robyn Scott and Lisa Witter, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Connected policy is essential to solve society’s hardest challenges; here’s how to make it happen.

Customer Service
At the Heart of Impact Measurement, Listening to Customers
Tom Adams, Matt Ripley, and Ashley Speyer, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Investors looking for data on social impact should start by helping investees deliver a compelling value proposition.

Innovation
Startup Seeks Cities to Test Bonds that Put a Twist on Pay-for-Success
Ben Miller, Government Technology
Neighborly wants to try a kind of risk-reducing bond to finance infrastructure projects that have an element of uncertainty to them.

Open Government
OMB needs to raise its streamlining game, GAO says
Ben Berliner, Federal Computer Week
GAO finds that the Office of Mangagement and Budget has not been keeping up with reporting requirements.

Reorganization
Former agency execs weigh ‘serious’ reorg recommendations
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
Though agencies’ final reform plans are due to OMB by September as part of the 2019 budget proposal, agencies will still need to think about how they will more specifically address their respective reform plans.

How Trump Can Successfully Reorganize the Government
Eric Katz, Government Executive
To successfully implement its plan to reorganize government, the administration should empower federal leaders and agencies.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – August 5-11

Performance Management
GSA Updates Plan for Improving Employees’ Job Performance as Part of Reorg Strategy
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The General Services Administration updated its internal employee performance improvement plan to focus on “linking individual performance to organizational goals, clarifying performance expectations, and providing appropriate and timely recognition of exceptional performance.”

Setting Goals Around Tasks, Not Outcomes, is the Best Way to Improve Performance, a Study Shows
Oliver Staley, Government Executive
A new study suggests three possible reasons why task-based goals could work better than performance goals.

Where High Performance Happens: In the Trenches
Howard Risher, Governing
Public employees know what needs to be done. Managers are the key to a trusting environment that empowers workers.

Open Government
How a Transparent Process Made Federal Spending Transparency Possible
Christina Ho, Rob Cook and Bryce Pippert, Nextgov
Treasury’s charge was to track nearly $4 trillion in annual spending on a quarterly basis and link data from disparate functions and systems—managed by over 100 individual federal agencies—into one common standard.

Reorganization
What’s next for agency reorg plans?
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
As agencies wrap up their reorganization plans, successful reforms will prioritize mission delivery over simply slashing the workforce — but proposed budget cuts and leadership vacancies pose additional challenges.

Agencies pull back curtain for peak at how they tackle reform plans
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
As agencies prepare to submit the final versions of their reform strategies to OMB some of them are showing a few cards around their process and priorities.

Trump Agency Reforms Are Called the Most Exciting Opportunity in Years
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Officials and consultants offer a peek into still-unreleased reorganization plans.

Federal overseers keeping close watch on how agencies engage employees through reorg
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
Workforce watchdogs are offering advice to agencies on how to preserve skillsets and promote personnel practices.

Risk Management
Risk Management Isn’t Just for the Finance Staff
John O’Connor, Government Executive
Operational leaders have an opportunity to align resources against their greatest vulnerabilities.

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