Accountability and Performance Weekly – December 16-January 5

Cognitive Readiness: The Future for Success?
Dr. Jeffrey Talley, Business of Government
As government moves forward into the 21st century, emerging cognitive technologies can spur better mission performance.

DATA Act review finds errors in $2 billion of DHS transactions
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
An oversight report found $1.9 billion in DHS transactions could not be linked to their corresponding award-level transactions for Q2 of FY2017, but the agency is pushing back on the findings.

Why Can’t Researchers and Policymakers Just Get Along?
J.B. Wogan, Governing
They rarely collaborate. But Jenni Owen, the policy director for North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, is part of a growing relationship between government and academia.

Air Force shells out $26K in daylong bug bounty event
Lauren Williams, Federal Computer Week
During a live-hacking event in New York City earlier this month, 25 security researchers uncovered nearly 60 unknown vulnerabilities.

Drivers Transforming Government: Digital
Dan Chenok, Business of Government
Optimizing new technology and infrastructure models, focusing on the user experience, and incentivizing innovators to modernize how government does business.

OMB’s New Deputy for Management Faces a Big Challenge
Howard Risher, Government Executive
The author argues that performance won’t improve until agencies have the flexibility to introduce more effective talent management practices.

Engaged Employees Requires Engaged Leaders
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Why is increasing employee engagement at work seen as such a big deal?

For High-Performance Government, Deputy Secretaries Need to Act Like Chief Operating Officers
Andy Feldman and Seth Harris, Government Executive
There is no substitute for a top leader’s focused attention—not memos from the executive suite, orders from OMB, or hearings by Congress.

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