Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 14-20, 2013

Performance Management
Performance Budgeting, Texas-Style
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Back in June, Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar spoke at a conference where he declared that he wanted to embed performance measures in each agency’s appropriation bill. What could this look like?
Performance Metrics – Are they the missing link in government procurement?
Emily Jarvis, GovLoop
The metrics around procurement are murky at best. But the National Association of State Chief Information Officers is trying to clear up some of the confusion.

What not to do with your data
Troy Schneider, Federal Computer Week
Two new books help map out the danger zones of data visualization, and of the datasets themselves.

Collaborating to Make a Difference
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Recent reports suggest that VA is reducing its backlog. One factor: greater collaboration with veterans service organizations.

The Case for Lightweight Government
William Eggers and Paul MacMillan, Governing
In the information age, getting better results needn’t always mean massive spending and heavy infrastructure. There are innovative ways to get the same results at a fraction of the cost, or even at no cost.

Government of the Future – How Competitions Create Innovation
Emily Jarvis, GovLoop
Each year Governing Magazine hosts a competition for university students looking to change the way government works. It’s called thePublic Policy Challenge and it’s goal is to think through the entire process of an idea, from concept to budget to implementation.

Open Government
Agencies can learn from stimulus’ data transparency
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
GAO recommends other agencies adopt the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board practices of using single government-wide identifiers, and of standardizing data reporting requirements.
Telling Citizens What Exactly Government Does Would Cost $100 Million
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Proposed legislation to meticulously track every federal program and contract would cost $100 million over five years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
White House asks for feedback on second National Action Plan for Open Government
Alex Howard, E Pluribus Unum
As the annual Open Government Partnership conference draws near, the White House would like the people to weigh in on building a more open government.

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