Accountabilty and Performance Weekly – August 3 to 16, 2013

6 Ways Obama’s New Agenda Aims to Make Government Smarter
Dan Chenok, Government Executive
Agenda lays out a ‘smarter, quicker, and more responsive government.’

States’ Use of Cost-Benefit Analysis
Pew Results First Project
A new study measures states’ use of cost-benefit analysis. According to the report, 10 states are leading the way in using cost-benefit analysis to generate answers about programs’ return on investment and to drive policy decisions.

OMB’s evidence memo deserves praise
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Did you even know there was an evidence agenda? Steve Kelman argues that its obscurity doesn’t match its importance.

Government Should Operate More as a Single Enterprise, Report Says
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Rather than function like a “holding company” for a hundred entities, the federal government should reform its management structure to operate routinely as a single enterprise, according to a report from the Partnership for Public Service.

Making crisis-level collaboration the new normal
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
The Partnership for Public Service has some ideas to enable agencies to work together all the time as well as they do when under pressure.

9 Strategies for Increasing Collaboration and Reducing Waste in Government
Lara Shane, Partnership for Public Service, Government Executive
A new report outlines nine strategies to support an enterprise approach to government, articulate what government needs to accomplish collaboratively, and delineate roles and responsibilities of each agency to achieve the common mission or goal.

New York City’s Social Impact Bond, the first in the U.S.: An interview with Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, New York City
Andy Feldman, GovInnovator Blog
In 2012, New York City launched the first Social Impact Bond (SIB) in the United States. Under the SIB model, investors provide up-front capital for preventive interventions and government only pays when measurable results are achieved.

Open Government
Personalized e-gov portal moves closer to launch
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
Administration wants to collect personal information to make government portal more like e-commerce.

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