Accountability and Performance Weekly – March 8-14

Performance Management
OMB’s Cobert says new performance goals to ‘drive tangible outcomes’
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
Beth Cobert, the deputy director for management at OMB, said the cross-agency goals will help deliver on President Barack Obama’s second term management agenda, while the agency-specific goals will drive a different kind of performance improvement.

Senate Panel Presses OMB on Management Agenda
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The point person for the Obama administration’s 21st century management agenda came under pressure to sharpen agency efforts to compile a workable list of federal programs, as required under the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act.

Obama’s Management Goals Focus on Federal Employee Engagement
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The White House on Monday released a batch of documents that flesh out last week’s fiscal 2015 budget, spelling out a new set of agency-specific priorities and broader cross-agency goals.

2013 lapses drive new performance goals
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
Prominent government IT failures of 2013 appear to be driving the latest priorities.

Cross-Agency Priority Goals: 2014 (Part 1) and Cross-Agency Priority Goals: 2014 (Part 2)
John Kamensky, Business of Government
OMB released a refreshed list of cross-agency priority goals for the remainder of the Obama Administration. There are 15 goals, seven mission-related and eight management-related. Only three carry over from the previous set of commitments.

‘Evidence-based government’ and the FY 2015 budget
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Steve Kelman contends the best part of the president’s budget may be its efforts to measure and reward programs that work.

Cross-agency priority success requires collaboration
Jonathan Breul, Federal Times
Implementation of these presidential priority areas will require active collaboration between multiple departments and agencies because they address long-standing challenges for which no one agency has sole responsibility.

Presidential Innovation Fellows show (some) government technology can work, after all
Alex Howard, E Pluribus Unum
These projects show that a relatively small number of talented fellows can work with and within huge institutions to rapidly design and launch platforms, Web applications and open data initiatives.

At 18F in GSA, U.S. seeks to tap the success of the U.K.’s Government Digital Services
Alex Howard, E Pluribus Unum
18F – a new “startup” within GSA –  helps agencies deliver on their mission through the development of digital and web services, building user-centric services focused on the interaction between government and the people and businesses it serves.

5 Lessons for Government from SxSW
Gadi Ben-Yehuda, Business of Government
South by Southwest Interactive had a lot of relevant information by and for government agencies.

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