Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 28 – July 11

Performance Management
OMB Shares How Agencies Will Actually Reach Goals in Areas Like Climate Change
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Eight of 15 action plans for cross-agency efforts are linked to Obama’s second-term management agenda.

Are We There Yet? Progress on CAP Goals
John Kamensky, Business of Government
A summary of some key findings from a recent GAO report on the interim cross-agency priority goals, as well as initial reactions to the first status updates released for the new round of CAP goals.

New: Progress Reports on Agency Priority Goals
John Kamensky, Business of Government
OMB releases first quarterly progress reports for the 2014-2015 round of agency priority goals.

Avoiding performance perversity: An interview with Donald Moynihan, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator
An increasing number of examples have shown the potential for performance measures to create perverse behavior within public agencies and programs. How can leaders and managers structure performance measures and incentives, and take action, to try to avoid so-called performance perversity?

Massachusetts’ juvenile justice Pay for Success initiative: An interview with George Overholser, CEO, Third Sector Capital Partners
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator
In January 2014, Massachusetts announced its juvenile justice Pay for Success initiative aimed at reducing recidivism rates among youth. In doing so, it became one of the first jurisdictions in the U.S. to launch a PFS initiative, also called a Social Impact Bond.

Are Your Metrics Lying to You?
Practitioners must recognize warning signs that their metrics may be lying to them.

OMB and GSA developing unified measures to cut down on costs
Ariel Levin-Waldman, Federal News Radio
The Office of Management Budget and the General Services Administration have created a plan to gather data and make progress toward cutting unnecessary spending and inefficiency.

Transforming State Government from the Inside Out
Alliance to Transform State Government Operations
This report identifies strategies that states should consider when pursuing transformation in human capital, data analytics, consolidation/optimization, and enterprise management.

Open Government
Is Crowdsourcing the Future for Legislation?
Brian Heaton, Government Technology News
Lawmakers are using digital platforms such as Wikispaces and GitHub to give constituents a bigger hand in molding the laws they’ll be governed by.

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