Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 9-15

Performance Management
Competent Management: Getting the Basics Right
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Federal agencies are currently in the midst of developing grand reform plans and four-year strategic plans to submit to OMB this week. But sometimes it is worthwhile to stand back and look at whether you’re doing the basics right.

Focusing on the Outcomes That Matter Most
Richard Anderson and Anna Roach, Governing
By aligning its transformation efforts with six priority areas, Georgia’s most populous county is seeing early progress.

Meaning of ‘Performance’ in Government Performance Management
Prajapati Trivedi, Business of Government
In the name of measuring ‘performance’ of a government agency, there has been a proliferation of approaches, methods and methodologies. However, no one measurement approach is better than others. The right question to ask is whether the measurement approach is appropriate for the task at hand.

Senators gear up for government reorg
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
With agencies’ draft reorganization plans due at the end of the month, senators want to focus on legislative solutions to the low-hanging fruit for improving agency efficiencies.

Focus on ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ in Agency Reform Efforts, Senators Tell Trump Administration
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Lawmakers also say agencies need to solicit input from front-line feds.

One reorganization idea that nearly everyone can agree on
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Radio
Ask any stakeholder about the Trump administration’s efforts to reorganize government and restructure the federal workforce, and they’ll give you a different answer about how it’s going.

Experts: Lasting Organizational Change Begins at All Levels
Eyragon Eidam, Government Technology
If you thought changing bad habits was hard, try getting an entire organization to move in a new direction. Varying interests within any given group and a reluctance to adapt to new ways of doing business often puts organizations and change drivers at odds with one another.

A Portfolio Approach to Social Innovation Partnerships
Steve Davis and Elaine Gibbons, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Successful social innovation at scale requires partners from the public, private, and social sectors to work together through flexible models that evolve to meet shifting requirements and address changing risks.

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