Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 11-17

Performance Management
The Real Problem With Inflated Performance Evaluations
Howard Risher, Government Executive
For government, there is a very real question about the value of requiring annual ratings.

Are 99 percent of feds actually successful at their jobs?
David Thornton, Federal News Radio
Either federal employees are successful at their jobs 99 percent of the time, or the ratings systems used by federal agencies to measure their performance are flawed.

Outcomes Matter More Than Ever in Services Contracting
Tim Cooke, Government Executive
Performance-based acquisition is central to defense and civilian agency initiatives to improve the outcomes of the 63 percent of federal procurement spending that goes to acquire services.

Analytics/Evaluation
Republicans Deploy an Old Tool in Combating Poverty: Evidence
Patrick Lester, Government Executive
The GOP is turning to evidence-based policy to address a host of challenges, but lawmakers in both parties have a long track record of politicizing outcomes.

The Hill, Feds Can Learn Lessons from States About Using Data to Inform Policy
Ingrid Schroeder, The Hill
Many states have developed innovative approaches for using data to inform policy, approaches that federal decision-makers can learn from and emulate.

Innovation
Digital Government and the Virtues of Simplicity
William Eggers, Governing
The face government presents to the public is far too complex. If the public sector isn’t to become increasingly irrelevant, that has to change.

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