Accountability and Performance Weekly (Apr. 13-19, 2013)

Performance Management 

Agencies Have Elevated Performance Management Leadership Roles, but Additional Training Is Needed

Government Accountability Office

The designation of senior-level officials to key performance management roles with responsibilities under the GPRA Modernization Act has helped elevate accountability for performance management within federal agencies and ensure high-level involvement.


The 6 Ways Government Needs to Improve Performance Management

John Kamensky, Government Executive

An overview of how the federal government needs to start managing performance.


The New Federal Performance System: Implementing the GPRA Modernization Act

Donald Moynihan, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Professor Moynihan describes the evolution of the federal performance management system over the past 20 years since the passage of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA).


Can we have an evidence-based government?

Jim Tankersley and Dylan Matthews, Wonkblog

If Washington ever hopes to provide the services voters say they want, at the tax rates voters say they’re willing to pay, economists say the government will need to ramp up its efforts to figure out which programs work and which ones don’t, and shift resources accordingly.



Sketching the big picture on big data

Frank Konkel, Federal Computer Week

Experts may not yet agree on a clear-cut definition of big data, but new report suggests that this IT buzzword is chock-full of potential if several key challenges can be overcome.


Open Government/Transparency

Study: Citizen Budgeting Related to Better Outcomes

J.B. Wogan, Governing

Inviting public comment early in the budget process, and doing so in multiple ways, is closely associated with better performance outcomes, according to a new study in The American Review of Public Administration.


Performance Budgeting

Flaws in the Social Impact Bond/Pay for Success Craze

Jon Pratt, Nonprofit Quarterly

The concept of Social Impact Bonds is definitely taking off, with some big money and very well known supporters, but the author argues that two main claims for SIBs, more resources and better results, are admirable but speculative.


Performance budgeting in Austria

Andy Feldman, GovInnovator Blog

Podcast with Gerhard Steger, Budget Director for the Austrian Ministry of Finance, which has recently shifted its budget process from one focused on the question, “How much do we spend?” to one focused on “What results are we producing?

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