Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 1-7

Analytics/Evaluation
OMB releases final data strategy, draft action plan
Troy Schneider, Federal Computer Week
Feedback on the 16-point implementation plan is due July 5.

OMB’s new strategy gives agencies operational, tactical guide to increasing the value of federal data
Jason Miller, Federal News Network
OMB has released its federal data strategy, giving agencies 40 goals to improve the accessibility, value and security of data.

16 Things OMB Wants Agencies to Accomplish in the Data Strategy’s First Year
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
Agencies and other stakeholders have until July 5 to comment on the draft action plan, which includes hard deliverables for all of government.

6 ways for government CDOs to succeed
Alan Jacobson, Federal Computer Week
The government agency chief data officer role comes with nuances, and to ensure success, officials need to be mindful of far more than simply structuring datasets.

Innovation
The Downside of Social Impact Bonds
Nadine Pequeneza, Stanford Social Innovation Review
After more than three years researching social impact bonds, a filmmaker argues we need to consider the ways they might be doing more harm than good.

Leadership
Senior Executives Association Teams Up with Freelance Gig Exchange
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Collaboration aims to broaden opportunities for agency subject-matter experts.

Reorganization
OPM-GSA merger scuttled in House approps bill
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
The bill does not contain any of the funding requested by the White House to merge most of OPM into GSA, and includes language designed to stop work on planning for such a merger.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 25-31

Management and Performance
‘Employee engagement’ and agency performance
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
The author digs into new research on management practices and employee perceptions.

TSA Announces Pass-Fail Performance Management System for Screeners
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
TSA announced it will overhaul its performance management system for airport screeners beginning next fiscal year, opting for a simpler evaluation method that will cut down on “burdensome reporting requirements.”

‘Where’s the disconnect?’ National commission grapples with agencies’ workforce woes
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Network
As agencies attempt to get creative to address skills gaps and other vacancies, the Commission on Military, National and Public Service heard stories from agency leaders who described how they repeatedly ran into the boundaries of their current personnel and human capital systems.

Commission issues early recommendations for better federal IT hiring
Tajha Chappellet-Lanier, FedScoop
A recent staff memo weighed in on things that the government could do to be more competitive.

Analytics/Evaluation
Data analytics holds keys to workforce management
Jon Lemon, Federal Times
Agencies must have the right people in the right jobs at the right time. Sometimes that can only come from insights buried in massive data stores.

Customer Service
How the Veterans Affairs Department is ‘Hardwiring’ Customer Service into Everything
Frank Konkel, Nextgov
VA is on a mission to improve the veteran experience across every service it provides.

Risk Management
Keep your agency’s risk management efforts focused on 3 goals
Nicole Puri, Federal News Network
Using technology, data analytics, and good governance to improve enterprise risk management.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 18-24

Management
Why the Future of Work Is a Challenge for Government
John Kamensky, Government Executive
The federal workforce needs to be reskilled. Expect major disruptions ahead.

Government Needs to Invest in Human Resources
Howard Risher, Government Executive
In high performing organizations, HR specialists work as advisers and consultants to line managers to address workforce problems. That doesn’t happen in federal agencies.

OPM offers up new reskilling toolkit, workforce reshaping guide for agencies
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Network
As part of the administration’s efforts to reskill the federal workforce, OPM has new a toolkit and playbook for agencies to tackle the unknown.

OPM offers guides for handling automation’s effect on federal workforce
Dave Nyczepir, FedScoop
OPM released a new set of tools in its ongoing effort to reskill federal employees.

Innovation
Employees, research drive CX innovations at Veterans Affairs
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
VA is looking to improve customer experience by changing its culture and by tapping its own workforce as a resource for innovative ideas.

Report: Agency Leaders Must Embrace Risk to Adopt Artificial Intelligence
Jack Corrigan, Nextgov
If government leaders want to bring more AI tools into their agencies, they need to make sure their employees are comfortable with failure, a government tech trade group found.

Reorganization
OPM-GSA Merger Proposal Falls Flat With House Oversight Panel
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
Lawmakers and witnesses say the plan isn’t well thought-out and risks eroding merit system protections.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 11-17

Analytics/Evaluation
OMB: Evidence Act guidance in ‘very last stages’ of clearance process
Jory Heckman, Federal News Network
In order for agencies to get a better understanding of what’s expected from them under the Evidence Act, OMB soon expects to release guidance.

Updated Federal Data Strategy and Draft Action Plan Coming Soon
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
The final action plan is set to be released in August, with deliverables for agencies to meet within one year.

The U.S. military is trying to figure out how to talk about data
Billy Mitchell, FedScoop
Leaders think the adoption of AI, among other things, will help services learn to talk about and embrace data.

Innovation
Government improvement challenge to look for many solutions in one
Jessie Bur, Federal Times
The federal government is offering the private sector the opportunity to influence which projects its upcoming Government Effectiveness Advanced Research Center will address and offering cash prizes to do so.

SBA hackathon developers leverage AI, agency data sets for disaster recovery tools
Jory Heckman, Federal News Network
As part of Small Business Week, SBA held its second annual hackathon, which gave developers an opportunity to leverage government data and build tools to speed up disaster recovery.

Leadership
OPM Streamlines Process for Agencies to Request New Executives
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
New process focuses on establishing agencies’ needs, rather than analyzing individual positions.

Reorganization
OPM Chief to Propose Legislation for Merger With GSA By Week’s End
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
The acting OPM Director will be submitting proposed legislation to Congress authorizing the merger.

What if Congress doesn’t want to move OPM?
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
If Congress doesn’t go along with a plan to reorganize OPM the agency still plans to push ahead administratively through outsourcing.

‘Greatest risk we have is doing nothing:’ Trump administration details case for OPM reorg
Nicole Ogyrsko, Federal News Network
The administration has announced more details behind its proposed reorganization of OPM, a week before the plan is scheduled to receive more intense congressional scrutiny.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 4-10

Management
DATA Act Collection Effort Worked Better for Grants Than Contracts
Charles Clark, Nextgov
GAO found documentation gaps in pilot plan for creating central portal.

One State’s Proven Strategy for Civil Service Reform
Howard Risher, Government Executive
Tennessee has succeeded in shifting to outcomes-based management.

OPM and Pentagon team up to streamline employee training
Jessie Bur, Federal Times
The agreement aims to make Department of Defense training courses more efficient and cross-applicable with other federal agencies.

Analytics/Evaluation
Agencies trying to find their ‘dark data’ face policy, leadership hurdles
Dave Nyczepir, FedScoop
Dark data is all the unknown and therefore unused data across an agency, while grey data is known but unused. IT managers agree capturing this data should be a top priority, but antiquated policies and lack of senior-level support remain major hurdles.

Customer Service
How Improving Employee Experience Leads to Better Citizen Experience
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
Happier, more productive employees lead to better citizen services and customer experiences, officials said.

Innovation
White House Unveils Joint Committee to Invigorate U.S. Research Communities
Brandi Vincent, Nextgov
Co-chairs from across federal agencies will work together on policy-making insights.

OMB and GSA launch GEAR Center challenge to ‘test the feasibility of the model’
Tajha Chappellet-Lanier, FedScoop
The latest step in the journey toward creating a Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center is a government challenge.

Innovation From Within: How One Employee-Built Tool is Revolutionizing VA
Frank Konkel, Nextgov
An open source tool called LEAF is saving the Veterans Affairs Department time, resources and perhaps millions in taxpayer dollars.

Army innovation lab experiments with coders on the battlefield
Lauren Williams, Federal Computer Week
The service’s newly launched innovation lab, Army Applications Laboratory, is working to expand ability for soldiers to code in the field to repair communications systems.

Artificial Intelligence in Government Act is back, with ‘smart and effective’ use on senators’ minds
Tajha Chappellet-Lanier, FedScoop
Legislation to boost the government’s use of artificial intelligence is returning with bipartisan sponsorship and a long list of industry supporters.

Leadership
10 Lessons Learned in Search of Success as a Leader
Art Petty, Government Executive
Newsflash: there are no shortcuts to great leadership.

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