Accountability and Performance Weekly – April 8-21

Performance Management
The Path to Better Management of Government’s Huge Programs
Alan Balutis, Dan Chenok, Greg Giddens, Stan Soloway and Jim Williams, Government Executive
With the enactment of the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act, the federal government has the opportunity and mandate to address two long-standing challenges: delivering successfully on large-scale change initiatives and addressing the dearth of well-qualified program managers.

Trump’s Big League Management Agenda
Donald Kettl, Government Executive
Using mission to drive strategy makes eminent sense, but there are many ways to game the strategy.

Cincinnati Retrospective on Data-Driven Efforts Shares Methodologies, Successes
Eyragon Eidam, Government Technology
After diving headlong into the world of performance-driven local government, Cincinnati officials have released a retrospective on their experiences for other jurisdictions to draw on and learn from.

Reorganization
Trump Team Plans to Rebuild Government ‘Starting from Scratch’
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Where the Clinton administration tried to “reinvent government,” the Trump administration plans to rebuild government “starting from scratch.”

White House ends hiring freeze, mandates workforce, mission restructuring
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
A memo issued by OMB Director Mick Mulvaney outlines a series of actions agencies need to take around reducing the number of employees, improving how they measure employee performance and restructure their mission areas.

The Potential Pitfalls of Trump’s Plan for Agencies to Transform Themselves
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Agencies can implement some changes on their own, but even those efforts could prove difficult.

The decluttering of the federal bureaucracy starts now
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
An interview with Linda Springer, a senior adviser at the Office of Management and Budget.

To earn feds’ support on gov’t restructuring, OMB may need a different message
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Radio
Federal management experts say the White House could improve the message it’s sending to federal employees of its plan to overhaul and restructure the federal government.

Lawmakers have a unique role to play in government reorganization
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
The Trump administration’s government reorganization directly impacts federal agencies, but Congress will have its work cut out as lawmakers balance their own jurisdictional priorities with policy and personnel changes.

Customer Service
What Government Can Learn from Business about Customer Experience
Kathy Conrad and Eric Keller, Government Executive
There are many areas in which federal leaders can learn from the business community about how to provide a better customer experience.

Leadership
Without Reforms, SES May Not Be Ready for 21st Century Government
Ronald Sanders and Terry Gerton, Government Executive
Government’s executive corps faces critical demographic and structural challenges.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – April 1-7

Performance Management
How Stat Got Stuck — in the Place That Made It Famous
J.B. Wogan, Governing
Using data to measure government performance has caught on in much of the country. But the tactic is in trouble in Maryland.

Government Performance Management Systems: Case Studies From South Asia
Prajapati Trivedi, Business of Government
An effective performance management system must be able to create the missing bottom line in a government organization. To be able to do this, a performance measurement system must, prioritize the criteria, success indicators and targets, and indicate how deviation from targets will be judged.

Analytics/Evaluation
How Good Is Your Evidence?
Bernadette Wright and Steven E. Wallis, Stanford Social Innovation Review
A new, and easier, scientific approach to determining the quality of evidence can help the social sector better assess—and therefore better address—social problems.

Sen. Warner urges new agency leadership to ‘prioritize’ DATA Act implementation
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
One of the original backers of the spending data standardization law, Warner wants to ensure agencies are still complying.

Innovation
President Trump’s Office of American Innovation – A big deal or not?
Jeff Neal, Federal News Radio
While the government can not operate like a business, but it can learn from the way businesses operate, especially when it comes to innovation.

Open Government
Why You Should Care About Open Data
John Kamensky, Government Executive
The transparency movement is directly benefitting people and the economy.

Citizen engagement: a pathway for government reform
Dan Chenok, Federal Computer Week
New technologies are bringing citizens into the halls of government, and redefining how citizens collaborate in the future.

Sustaining citizen engagement
Troy Schneider, Federal Computer Week
The tools for figuring out what end users want are better than ever, but acting on those insights is still a challenge.

Reorganization
The Many Practical Hurdles to Transforming Government
Howard Risher, Government Executive
No reorganization can succeed if employees aren’t onboard.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – March 25-31

Analytics/Evaluation
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.

Innovation
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.

Reorganization
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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Accountability and Performance Weekly – March 18-24

Performance Management
Performance Specialists Like Trump’s Management Agenda
Charles Clark, Government Executive
They cite language about unleashing managers and using data to evaluate program effectiveness.

The Trump administration has a management agenda!
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Steve Kelman digs into the administration’s budget blueprint, and finds clear signs of continuity for improving government management.

Analytics/Evaluation
Transparency advocates pitch the next big thing in Big Data
Carten Cordell, Federal Times
The long-anticipated roll out of federal agency spending reporting required by the DATA Act is set for May, but that hasn’t kept transparency advocates from looking for new ways to make data work for government.

When Big Data Gets It Wrong
Adam Stone, Government Technology
The number of information sources streaming into government has never been greater. But is it making us smarter?

Reports of the Death of Big Data Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Elaine Pittman, Government Technology
A close look at U.S. presidential election predictions shows that more investment in data, not less, is the way to avoid replicating these problems in the future.

Helping Government Leaders Convert Civic Data into Sound Policy
Adam Stone, Government Technology
A newly formed collaboration aims to organize efforts and blur the line between academic research and applied practice in Pacific Northwest cities.

Reorganization
How career feds will manage Trump’s government reorg
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
Without confirmed subcabinet officials, President Trump’s executive order calling for a federal government reorganization will be managed by agency chiefs and career executives.

Ex-OMB Controller Praises Trump’s Agency Reorganization Plan
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Mader likes “whole of government” view and 12-month lead time.

How Trump’s Plan to Reorganize Government Could Work
Steve Goodrich, Government Executive
We’ve seen this talk many times before, but done right, it could actually be successful.

Open Government
Open Data Can Make a Difference!
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Data can support the quality of important choices citizens make every day.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – March 11-17

Performance Management
Here’s Something We Can All Agree On: Agencies Need to Deliver Results
Andrew Feldman and Seth Harris, Government Executive
In a time of superheated politics, a focus on government performance is especially important.
Government Performance Management Systems: Case Studies From South Asia
Prajapati Trivedi, Business of Government
An effective performance management system must be able to create the missing bottom line in a government organization. To be able to do this, a performance measurement system must prioritize success indicators and targets, and indicate how deviation from targets will be judged.

Reorganization
Trump Orders Agencies to Eliminate Waste, Workforce Redundancies
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Executive action follows trend of presidential promises.
Trump signs government reorganization order
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday calling for agencies to analyze their efforts in preparation for a major reorganization.
4 questions about Trump’s agency reorg order
Carten Cordell, Federal Times
While the order lays out a broad plan for how officials are meant to move forward, many questions remain.
Why It’s So Hard to Shut Down a Government Agency
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Trump’s target list of 19 would interrupt many grants and contracts.

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