Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 17-23

Reorganization
Senators: Reorg plans must balance workforce cuts against mission success
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
Agencies expect to hit the first deadline set by the White House’s plan to restructure government and reduce the size of the workforce, but lawmakers want to make sure their efforts don’t come at the expense of effective operations.

The opportunities and pitfalls of government reorganization: An interview with Bob Behn, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Podcast
The Trump administration’s focus on reorganization raises the question of when is reorganization useful and what pitfalls need be avoided.

What the U.S. Can Learn From India’s Government Reform Efforts
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Public progress reports are key, and naming and shaming laggards doesn’t hurt either.

Can Employees Embrace Government Restructuring?
Howard Risher, Government Executive
The success (or failure) of the Trump administration’s plans depends on the answer.

Analytics/Evaluation
Ten Success Factors in Implementing Large Initiatives
John Kamensky, Business of Government
What lessons were learned from the implementation of the DATA Act that could be applied to other large-scale, government-wide initiatives in the future?

What to look for in leadership and organizational performance
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Better data is producing a mini-revolution in scholarship about public-sector management.

Leadership
How COOs are indispensable to management agendas
David Thornton, Federal News Radio
These COOs frequently occupy deputy secretary positions that require Senate confirmation, many of which are vacant in the current administration. But it’s the people occupying these offices that are best positioned to make real changes in the way agencies perform their missions.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 10-16

Reorganization
Agencies Promise Efficiencies, but Not Workforce Cuts in Reorganization Plans
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Leaders say they are gatherings thousands of reform proposals from the rank and file.

White House Denies that Trump Vacancies Impair Agency Reforms
Charles Clark, Government Executive
A key White House management adviser says that a “good dialogue” is taking place between agency career staff and budget officials as the June 30 deadline for agency reorganization proposals nears.

Here’s how agencies are getting ready for the June 30 reorganization deadline
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Radio
Agency career leaders from these agencies briefed Congress on the initial steps they’ve taken to develop plans for reorganizing government and restructuring the federal workforce.

Collaboration
Trump tech office reaches out to feds
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
Weekly meetings are being used to forge and foster collaboration across siloed tech groups.

Customer Service
Five Ways to Reform Government With a Focus on the Customer
Eric Keller and Kathy Conrad, Government Executive
Agencies have a chance to reexamine how they deliver services to the public, ensure intuitive online interactions, cut red tape that frustrates citizens, simplify burdens on federal employees, and use customer feedback more effectively.

Innovation
OMB, Office of American Innovation on a 90-day sprint to develop new hiring, cloud policy ideas
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Radio
The Office of Management and Budget is working with the White House’s Office of American Innovation on a 90-day sprint to develop a series of new work streams that cover everything from hiring new people and talent to developing citizen services.

Leadership
Survey: Trump Should Empower Politically Appointed Agency No. 2s
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The government’s chief operating officers are key to enactment of President Trump’s management agenda, according to a survey of experienced federal employees.

COOs can make government work better — if they’re hired
Mark Rockwell and Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
Agency chief operating officers can take the lead in improving government efficiency, according to a new report.

Open Government
How Policy Could Advance Open Data in Government
Mohana Ravindranath, Nextgov
Citizens could soon get access to more federal data if new legislation is passed.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 3-9

Analytics/Evaluation
Experts urge agencies to remove emotion and fear from data analytics, focus on value of information
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
When it comes to data analytics at federal agencies, other areas for improvement include access and ownership, and avoiding the habit of sticking to the status quo.

An overview of Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth, with lessons for other areas of social policy: An interview with Thaddeus Ferber, Vice President, Forum for Youth Investment
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Podcast
Performance Partnership Pilots allow jurisdictions to have additional flexibility in using discretionary funds across multiple Federal programs, in exchange for a commitment to achieve significant improvements for disconnected youth.

Collaboration
Creative vs. Transactional Collaboration
Asha Curran, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Collaboration that builds organizational capacity, moves people to take part, and propels the sector forward involves true co-creation and uses the unique strengths of each partner as building blocks.

Innovation
Executive Branch Developed Resources to Support Implementation, but Guidance Could Better Reflect Leading Practices
Government Accountability Office
Agencies have developed guidance, staff positions, and websites to support the use of open innovation, but guidance for the implementation of open innovation initiatives does not fully reflect leading practices.

Most Feds Say Agencies Aren’t Interested in Their Ideas
Tom Shoop, Government Executive
Earlier this year, Trump administration officials said they would seek out the input of federal employees as they craft plans for reforming and reorganizing government.

Report looks at cause and effect of digital service teams in government
Tony Ware, Federal Times
The rise of “IT start-ups” within government has helped attract talent to address federal IT implementation challenges.

The Agility That Governments Need for a Disruptive Age
Russ Linden, Governing
Public-sector organizations aren’t designed for it, but some are finding ways to make it part of their culture.

Open Government
Visualization Takes Open Data to the Next Level
David Raths, Government Technology
An in-depth look at five interactive websites that offer fresh views of data.

Reorganization
You Can’t Run Government Like ‘a Great American Company’
John Low, Government Executive
With the right approach, the Trump administration does have a real opportunity to transform it.

Executive Branch Vacancies Jeopardize Trump’s Planned Reforms
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The administration is attempting to develop a comprehensive plan for reorganizing the federal government—a proven challenge under any circumstances—when hundreds of top agency jobs remain vacant or are occupied by officials serving in an acting capacity.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 27-June 2

Analytics/Evaluation
Air Force leverages big data for better face-to-face recruiting
Lauren Larson, Federal News Radio
The Air Force plans to hire 1,400 cyber and 2,000 acquisition personnel over the next year. To do that, it’s taking a fresh approach to how it recruits.

How the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab (RIIPL) works: An interview with Justine Hastings, Director, RIIPL
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Podcast
RIIPL is a partnership between researchers at Brown University and the Office of the Governor of Rhode Island, with the goal of helping state agencies design evidence-based policies to better serve Rhode Island families.

Innovation
Creating IT Start-Ups in Government
John Kamensky, Business of Government
The Administration wants to infuse private sector tech and know-how into government operations. It has created two linked offices in the White House to help lead the effort: the Office of American Innovation and the American Technology Council.

How State wants to innovate
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
The State Department is contemplating a procurement that can drive innovation and collaboration among U.S. diplomats.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Double-Loop Government
Mark Funkhouser, Governing
The basketball player’s early career illustrates a learning strategy that produces conflict — and innovation.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 20-26

Performance Management
HR’s Crucial Role in Boosting Government’s Performance
Howard Risher, Governing
HR is the logical home for people-management expertise. We need to re-define its function.

Analytics/Evaluation
Trump Budget’s Blessing of Program Evidence Could Cut Two Ways
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Program evaluation specialists welcome effort but some worry it could simply be used to justify cuts.

Bipartisanship? It may be possible thanks to this little-known group
Sandy Davis and William Hoagland, The Hill
The work of a little-known federal commission may hold the key to more effective policymaking.

How Policymakers Prioritize Evidence-Based Programs Through Law
Pew-Macarthur Results First Initiative
Lessons from Washington, Tennessee, and Oregon.

The importance of replication and validation in evidence-based policy: An interview with Tammy Chang, U.S. Treasury Department, and Nathanial Higgins, formerly U.S. Social and Behavioral Sciences Team
Andy Feldman, GovInnovator Podcast
Two real-life stories from the front lines of government performance improvement efforts that highlight the importance of replication and validation in evidence-based policy.

Collaboration
Building Real Collaboration into Your Organization
Pratichi Shah, Stanford Social Innovation Review
How focusing on the three organizational pillars of culture, people, and leadership can help fuel meaningful collaboration.

Innovation
GSA Hackathon Sought Tangible AI Solutions for Making Government Data Accessible via ‘Personal Assistant’
Theo Douglas, Government Technology
Many agencies in attendance gave overviews of what types of public data they have, how those are accessed and in what format they exist — focusing on frequently requested information ranging from student loan qualifications to parks information to applying for a passport.

Optimizing Government Performance: Tips from the Trenches
Noelle Knell and Elaine Pittman, Government Technology
Lessons learned on data-driven decision-making and creating a culture of innovation.

Forcing culture change at DOD
Sean D. Carberry, Federal Computer Week
Study after study has argued that the Department of Defense is risk averse and unable to rapidly adapt to changing technology. One former official says it’s time to use force to change innovation culture at the Pentagon.

Leadership
Leadership Matters, But Government Has a Deeper Problem
Ronald Sanders and Terry Gerton, Government Executive
Federal management systems are in dire need of an overhaul.

Reorganization
Risk and Trump’s Reorganization Order
Linda Miller, Government Executive
The mandate for reform represents an opportunity for agency leaders.

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