Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 16-21

Performance Management
Cobert: OMB goals go beyond Obama’s last term
Ryan McDermott, FierceGovernment
Governmentwide initiatives launched by OMB during the Obama administration are meant to extend well past 2016.

Customer Service
Can the government fix citizen services?
Andy Medici, Federal Times
In an age in which citizens’ expectations of services are rapidly increasing, the federal government must rise to the challenge — and government officials are pushing their agencies to transform how they deliver services.

Leadership
Exploring how outstanding public executives make tough decisions: An interview with Ronald Sanders, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Blog
How do outstanding senior government executives make tough decisions? Recent research suggests that these leaders need to be “ambidextrous,” meaning skilled at gathering input and conducting thorough analysis of complex decisions, while at the same time willing to make tough and courageous decisions.

Open Government
OMB starts DATA Act implementation in high gear
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
OMB and Treasury released a set of 12 finalized data elements, 15 data elements for final review and 30 others that need to go through the public and agency comment phase.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 9-15

Performance Management
Obama Management Chief: Senior Execs Must Set Tone for Better Performance
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Cobert stressed the importance of the Senior Executive Service in “setting the tone” for improved performance and leveraging new talent in government.

The Painful Management Lessons From Five Presidencies
Jonathan Breul and Paul Posner, Government Executive
Forget the next big idea, and focus on what’s already been hatched.

Using the Balanced Scorecard in the public sector: An interview with Kenneth Thompson, DePaul University
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Podcast
The Balanced Scorecard is a tool “for translating an organization’s strategy into action through the development of performance objectives and measures in order to fulfill its mission.”

Innovation
Why We Need to Get Away From Innovation by Anecdote
Kevin DeSouza, Governing
Feel-good stories are nice, but there’s a role for academia in bringing scientific rigor to the process.

Open Government
Better data, Better decisions, Better government
David Mader and David Lebryk, OMB Blog
The DATA Act requires agencies to use common government-wide data standards when posting that information to USAspending.gov.

How hackathons help with more than code
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
New ways of thinking and competition for the status quo are also valuable by products of hackathons.

Outside techies clean up at Hackathon
Zach Noble, Federal Computer Week
More than 60 developers, designers and data scientists from academia and the private sector participated in GSA’s inaugural Hackathon.

Risk Management
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Six reasons agencies aren’t managing risk effectively.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 2-8

Performance Management
Obama Team Aims to Ensure Agency Performance Goals Outlive This Administration
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The Obama administration is picking up the pace on setting agency performance goals, and has started the process of ensuring that the management priorities survive the transition to a new president.

Council trying to create a performance culture snowball effect
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
The Performance Improvement Council is taking a Zen-like approach to further the culture of performance across the government,  encouraging agencies to see the benefits of measuring performance and acting on those results.

Why civil servants should have a ‘seat at the table’
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Kelman applauds the OMB’s move to make career employees “goal leaders” for performance management initiatives, but wishes it had come far earlier in the administration.

Analytics/Evaluation
Delivering on the promise of big data
Sarah Lai Stirland, Federal Computer Week
Agencies have moved beyond the buzzword and are making big data part of their everyday missions.

5 ways to turn big data into better government
Zach Noble, Federal Computer Week
Big data offers simple solutions to the vast majority of customer complaints.

Collaboration
DHS’s Unity of Effort seeds the roots of change
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
The council is one management approach that Secretary Jeh Johnson has brought to DHS under his initiative to create a more cohesive agency.

Customer Service
White House building a ‘Yelp’ to rate federal services
Andy Medici, Federal Times
According to OMB, the administration will be launching a “federal feedback button” pilot in the next few months to give Americans a way to provide instant feedback on their experiences with federal services.

Efficiency/Reorganization
House Members Pursue Holy Grail of Federal Program Efficiency
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Bipartisan bill would create project manager career path, standards.

Voters Want Aggressive Government Reform, Not Tinkering Around the Edges
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Eroding confidence in government has shrunk the ranks of reinventing government “tinkerers,” providing an opening for a more-aggressive reform platform for the 2016 election.

Innovation
Decision-Making Software Shapes Government Budgets Transparently
Colin Wood, Government Technology
Government agencies are supporting their IT and capital investment planning with a tool called Decision Lens.

Open Government
The Dark Side of Government in the Sunshine
Philip Joyce, Governing
While transparency may promote government accountability and reduce corruption, rules to improve openness in government also can have negative consequences.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – April 25 – May 1

Performance Management
Government Needs Better Management, Obviously
Howard Risher, Government Executive
Accountability in the absence of consequences is little more than a word.

Implementing a turnaround strategy at DOL: An interview with Seth Harris, former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovative Podcast
The U.S. Department of Labor is a useful case study of a large public-sector organization that successfully strengthened a culture of results, data, learning and evidence.

Analytics/Evaluation
Data Wonks vs. Performance Leaders
Robert Behn, Government Executive
Finding key insights in a jumble of data is not the same as the skills needed get consistent, dedicated work from a team.

State to set up analytics office
Sean Lyngaas, Federal Computer Week
The State Department plans to set up an analytics office to harness big data, an area in which the department says it needs to do better.

New Johns Hopkins center to help cities tap power of data
Stephen Babcock, Technical.ly Baltimore
The Center for Government Excellence is part of a $42 million initiative created by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Innovation
Google Government Innovation Lab Open for Business
Jason Shueh, Government Technology
Google officially opens its innovation lab to help government solve challenges.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – April 18-24

Analytics/Evaluation
Ryan, Murray Reintroduce Bipartisan Evidence-based Policymaking Commission Bill
Patrick Lester, Social Innovation Research Center
Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray reintroduced legislation (H.R. 1831 / S. 991) that would establish a bipartisan commission to make recommendations to Congress and the president on how best to expand the use of data to evaluate the effectiveness of federal programs and tax expenditures.

Innovation
A $42 Million Bet on Cities and the Power of Data
Stephen Goldsmith, Governing
A new Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative aims to help 100 cities govern more effectively.

The Special Skills an Innovation Team Leader Needs
Stephen Goldsmith, Governing
Directing a city-government “i-team” demands distinctive traits that are unique to the process.

Effective Data Drives Innovation and Efficiency
Innovategov
A study from the University of Texas aimed to investigate, among other performance indicators, direct relationships between effective data and business innovation and operational efficiency.

Open Government
Sorry, open data: Americans just aren’t that into you
Adam Mazmanian and Jonathan Lutton, Federal Computer Week
A new survey finds limited public knowledge of government’s open data efforts — and equally underwhelming enthusiasm.

Who Cares About Open Data?
Colin Wood, Government Technology
A vocal minority of government and civic activists say open data is the future, but the public is largely unconcerned.

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