Accountability and Performance Weekly – August 13-19

Performance Management
Is Performance Budgeting an Unnatural Act?
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Performance budgeting has been a mantra of government reformers at least since the 1949 Hoover Commission. But its actual implementation has been sporadic. Why is something that seems sensible so hard to do?

Analytics/Evaluation
Analytics: Turning a Flood of Data into Valuable Information
Eyragon Eidam, Government Technology
At a recent event, state and local officials discussed insights to be gained from the exponential increase of data and where teams should focus their energy.
The Chief Data Officer’s Path to Success
Viral Chawda, Governing
A lot of obstacles need to be overcome to bring the power of data and analytics to government, but it’s doable.

Collaboration
Improving Implementation of Cross-Agency Priority Goals
Sarah Veale, Peter Beck, and Margaret Adams, The Public Manager
By building capacity for shared work, agencies are making progress toward their CAP goals.

Innovation
Challenge.gov takes wing
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
What the General Services Administration calls “challenges” are a way for the government to buy solutions by announcing a specific goal and inviting anyone who is interested to submit a solution.
Encouraging and Sustaining Innovation in Government: Technology and Innovation in the Next Administration
Dan Chenok, Business of Government
When a new Administration takes office in January 2017, a new set of leaders will drive the nation’s innovation agenda. These leaders can build on significant progress from previous administrations, overcome continued challenges in modernizing technology infrastructure, enact flexible policies and regulations, and build innovation leadership and skills in the federal workforce.
VA demo day showcases employee-driven innovation
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
The Department of Veterans Affairs is turning to its employees for technological approaches to improving health care delivery for veterans.
USAID crowdsources 21 ideas for fighting Zika
Amanda Ziadeh, Federal Computer Week
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s crowdsourcing efforts to fight the Zika virus have produced some cutting-edge solutions from global innovators.
When Innovation Goes Wrong
Christian Seelos and Johanna Mair, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Efforts by social enterprises to develop novel interventions receive a great deal of attention. Yet these organizations often stumble when it comes to turning innovation into impact.

Presidential Transition
The Presidential Transition Should Include Civil Service Reform
Howard Risher, Government Executive
Efforts to upgrade agency management over the past two decades have largely ignored the workforce.
A Blueprint for Improving Government Performance
Howard Risher, Government Executive
While it’s long overdue, there’s plenty of reason to believe Civil Service reform could be successful.

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