Accountability and Performance Weekly – March 25-31

Agencies Need to Get Savvy About Low-Cost Program Evaluation
Andrew Feldman and Benjamin Castleman, Government Executive
It’s more important than ever to get the most impact from every program dollar.
Driving Innovation Beyond the Big City: A Model for Small and Midsized Cities to Achieve Data Excellence
Mark Headd, Government Technology
While large cities have long embraced open data, smaller cities are just beginning to implement such policies, largely in partnership with the What Works Cities initiative.

Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas
Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker, Washington Post
The White House Office of American Innovation will have sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and address key issues, such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction.
Trump Pledges New Office to Bring Business Innovation to Government Operations
Eric Katz, Government Executive
The Trump administration is launching a new office to spur innovation in government operations with several elements that mirror previous presidential efforts.
Analysis: Reforming Government First Requires Understanding It
Elaine Kamarck, Government Executive
Consulting business executives can be very useful, but a real government-reform effort must be led by people with in-depth knowledge of the government itself.
Trump Gets Credit for Tackling Federal Management Issues
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Observers applaud new innovation office’s focus on technology.
Hope tempered by experience on White House innovation plan
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
Seasoned government managers are hopeful about an innovation effort backed by the president, but they see pitfalls and the possibility of duplication.

The Road to Government Reform Is Filled With Landmines
Max Stier, Government Executive
Our institutions were created for a different era, but the moment is ripe for change.

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