Accountability and Performance Weekly – March 2-8

Analytics/Evaluation
Census’ Big Data Innovation Program Infects HHS with Promising Results
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
Officials at HHS took an idea from their colleagues at Census to use big data and public-private collaboration to design systems that can save lives.

Creating a data-first culture at federal agencies
Josh Parenteau, Federal Computer Week
Agencies need to emphasize the connection between analytics and outcomes.

Why States Need a Data Officers Leadership Network
Tyler Kleykamp, Government Technology
In a short period of time, the number of state chief data officers has exploded and it’s why a new network has formed to support their distinct challenges and opportunities with managing and using data.

Innovation
Trump administration to focus on data as an IT enabler
Jessie Bur, Federal Times
The federal government will need to ensure that it has reliable, accessible data sources in order to pursue more modern technological advancements, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Here’s one sign the federal workforce is game for OMB’s automation, AI push
Nicole Ogyrsko, Federal News Network
The administration said it sees 2019 as the year to establish familiarity with the federal workforce that it’s up to the task of deploying artificial intelligence, robotics and other new technology.

Defense Dominates Experiment in Streamlined Bidding for Innovation
Anne Laurent, Government Executive
Civilian agencies are missing an opportunity.

Risk Management
GAO ticks DoD supply chain management, weather satellite data gaps off high-risk list
Jory Heckman, Federal News Network
GAO has taken two items off its high-risk list, a governmentwide inventory of programs that put agencies on-notice about major threats of fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – February 23-March 1

Management
OPM wants agencies to start gameplanning the modern workforce
Carten Cordell, FedScoop
Acting OPM director Margaret Weichert directed federal agencies to start thinking about the future of work in this year’s Human Capital Reports.

OPM Wants Agencies to Show Their Work on Management Agenda Tech and Data Goals
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
Annual human capital reviews are coming and agencies have to show progress meeting the administration’s workforce, tech and data priorities.

Agencies In the Dark About Performance of Their Grants, Survey Shows
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Funding uncertainty, administrative burden on recipients continue as challenges.

Open Government
For government to capitalize on its data, officials say it should be user-friendly
Carten Cordell, FedScoop
Recent laws have strengthened the government’s data transparency, but the true utility of agencies’ information lies in its ability to be shared and used.

White House hints at Federal Data Strategy, OPEN Govt Data Act, in open-government strategy
Jory Heckman, Federal News Network
The Trump administration released its first — but the U.S. government’s fourth — National Action Plan for Open Government.

New open government plan doubles down on old priorities
Jessie Bur, Federal Times
The Trump administration’s first official open government policy includes eight primary initiatives to increase federal transparency.

Where Are the Stories About Government’s Vital Work?
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Agencies need to do a better job of explaining what they do and why it matters.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – February 16-22

Management
Federal government’s employer brand is in trouble
Jeff Neal, Federal News Network
Employer branding is one of the chief battlefields in the fight for talent. The government is not well-positioned for that fight.

Army begins study to change its talent management system to fit the future
Scott Maucione, Federal News Network
The Army is undertaking a sweeping study of its talent management system to improve its ability to recruit, retain and advance its talent.

Analytics/Evaluation
The New Practice of Public Problem Solving
Tara McGuinness and Anne-Marie Slaughter, Stanford Social Innovation Review
A new class of innovators is advancing the public good by figuring out what people actually need and then testing, improving, and scaling solutions that may already be out there. Here are the four elements of their method.

Data-Driven Government: The Role of Chief Data Officers
Jane Wiseman, IBM Center for the Business of Government
This report focuses on the expanding use of data at the federal level and how to best manage it.

Efficiency
How the Government Could Successfully Leverage Its Buying Power
John Kamensky, Government Executive
The UK offers some insight for achieving this decades-long quest.

Innovation
Creating space for innovation
Troy Schneider, Federal Computer Week
True innovation requires the right people, the proper mix of technologies and a critical grasp of customers’ needs and expectations.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – February 9-15

Management
Winning and Losing the HR Game
Howard Risher, Government Executive
Using the same metrics across federal agencies could highlight the best and worst performers.

Innovation
Trump signs order to accelerate AI development
Derek Johnson, Federal Computer Week
The White House issued an executive order Feb. 11 directing federal agencies to invest more money and resources into the development and promotion of artificial intelligence technologies.

Finding the Sweet Spot for Innovation Within Government Systems
Sharath Jeevan, Reinier Terwindt, James Townsend, and Nithya Gurukumar, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Three guiding principles for non-profits looking to find where they best fit within government-run systems and ensure long-term impact.

Philadelphia’s Internal Innovation Consultancy Gets Results
Zack Quaintance, Federal Computer Week
The consulting program is an internal version of a service that government has long had to contract from the outside, and it fits in with Philadelphia’s extant Innovation Academy, Lab and Fund programs.

Open Government
The future of the OPEN Government Data Act relies largely on what CDOs do with it
Tajha Chappellet-Lanier, FedScoop
While some agencies already have Chief Data Officers, many don’t. With a push from this new law that’s about to change.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – February 2-8

Management
Study: Federal Workforce Is on the Verge of Catastrophe
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
Without a significant overhaul, agencies may fail to provide adequate services when they are needed most, researchers found.

Analytics/Evaluation
Building a Culture of Informed Decision Making
John Kamensky, Government Executive
A new law aims to institutionalize an evidence-driven culture in agencies. Implementation won’t be easy.

Leadership
From Classical Management to Behavioral Transformation
Nathan Furr, Kyle Nel, and Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy, Stanford Social Innovation Review
An excerpt from Leading Transformation on the “Behavioral Innovation Manifesto.”

Open Government
Open-data law walks fine line keeping info ‘as open as possible’
Jory Heckman, Federal News Network
The OPEN Government Data Act requires agencies to appoint a chief data officer to help them develop a comprehensive data inventory the public can access.

Valuable, messy and contentious: How big data became ‘new oil’
Jory Heckman, Federal News Network
While agency IT officials recognize the OPEN Government Data Act presents opportunities to get more value out of their data, they also see challenges in preparing the workforce to manage all that data.

Even with law, open government still depends on those in charge
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
With the passage of the OPEN Government Data Act, openness is now the default setting for federal data, but success still depends on buy-in at agencies.

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