Performance and Accountability Weekly – June 15 to 28, 2013

Performance and Accountability Weekly: June 15 to 28, 2013
 
Performance Management
Cogan Schneier, Federal News Radio
Agency leaders must do more to fully implement provisions of the GPRA Modernization Act, according to a new report from GAO. Includes excerpts from, and a link to, an interview with Robert Shea, a former performance executive at OMB. 
 
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Though the Obama administration has made progress implementing the 2010 update to the central federal management performance law, agency managers continue to face obstacles in measuring improvements and the Office of Management and Budget has delayed issuing needed guidance, a new audit found.
 
Cory Bennett, FedScoop
Federal agencies still have ways to go in creating satisfactory performance metrics and making that information accessible and useful, a new report from the Government Accountability Office found.
 
Stephen Goldsmith, Better Faster, Cheaper
Louisville, Ky., is showing how a performance metrics initiative can transform a government’s operational culture.
 
Analytics
John Kamensky, Business of Government
There is a small, but growing effort to take a longer, more strategic look at how to manage austerity by finding what works and targeting dollars there instead of to programs that cannot demonstrate effectiveness.
 
John Bridgeland and Peter Orszag, The Atlantic
How a new era of fiscal scarcity could make Washington work better
 
Collaboration
Andy Feldman, GovInnovator Blog
Interview with Theresa Reno-Weber, Chief of Performance Improvement with the City of Louisville on initiatives to strengthen the city’s ability to improve on results and address challenges that span traditional agency silos.
 
Efficiency/Reorganization
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
Montana’s junior senator has taken the helm of a new subcommittee overseeing the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs.
 
Dan Chenok, Business of Government
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on June 18 entitled “Reinventing Government”. Several leaders with great experience in Federal government leadership and management issues presented testimony and engaged in an extensive discussion with the Committee on both the general topic, and on the proposal for a Commission on Government Transformation.
 
Innovation
Michael Fletcher, Washington Post
Six states are moving to develop so-called social impact bonds, marking a broad expansion of an experiment that taps private investors to fund capital-hungry social programs.
 
Frank Konkel, Federal Computer Week
A new group of private-sector leading lights has been assembled to try to outdo last year’s class.
 
Open Government
Emily Jarvis, GovLoop
Interview with Hudson Hollister, Executive Director for the Data Transparency Coalition, on the administration’s Open Data Directive, which was released in May.
 
Emily Jarvis, GovLoop
Interview with Dennis D. McDonald, who has written a white paper on web-based performance metrics, “Developing Digital Strategies for Web-based Public Access.”
 
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