Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 9-15

Performance Management
Obama Management Chief: Senior Execs Must Set Tone for Better Performance
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Cobert stressed the importance of the Senior Executive Service in “setting the tone” for improved performance and leveraging new talent in government.

The Painful Management Lessons From Five Presidencies
Jonathan Breul and Paul Posner, Government Executive
Forget the next big idea, and focus on what’s already been hatched.

Using the Balanced Scorecard in the public sector: An interview with Kenneth Thompson, DePaul University
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Podcast
The Balanced Scorecard is a tool “for translating an organization’s strategy into action through the development of performance objectives and measures in order to fulfill its mission.”

Why We Need to Get Away From Innovation by Anecdote
Kevin DeSouza, Governing
Feel-good stories are nice, but there’s a role for academia in bringing scientific rigor to the process.

Open Government
Better data, Better decisions, Better government
David Mader and David Lebryk, OMB Blog
The DATA Act requires agencies to use common government-wide data standards when posting that information to

How hackathons help with more than code
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
New ways of thinking and competition for the status quo are also valuable by products of hackathons.

Outside techies clean up at Hackathon
Zach Noble, Federal Computer Week
More than 60 developers, designers and data scientists from academia and the private sector participated in GSA’s inaugural Hackathon.

Risk Management
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Six reasons agencies aren’t managing risk effectively.

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