Accountability and Performance Weekly – October 6-12

Analytics/Evaluation
OMB’s Weichert: Government ‘paralyzed by the embarrassment of data’ it cannot use
Jory Heckman, Federal News Radio
After President Trump named her the acting director of OPM, Margaret Weichert, also the Office of Management and Budget’s deputy director for management, outlined some of her top priorities in the new role.

How the administration is tackling data challenges
Jessie Bur, Federal Times
Over 50 federal employees across four teams are working to develop strategies for government that will promote transparency and effective uses of federal data.

Innovation
If You Want To Foster Innovation, Support Curious Employees
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Most breakthroughs result from inquisitive workers, not an innovation office staffed by specialized “innovators.”

New innovation awards get DoD, industry and academia in the same room
Scott Maucione, Federal News Radio
The Pentagon is pairing its people with lead researchers at universities and businesses to reduce the time it takes to develop products.

Leadership
Executives Association Wants to Fill in the Gaps in Federal Training and Development
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
Group hopes that efforts to boost professional development for agency leaders will eventually be adopted by agencies.

Management
Why workforce is the ‘stuck gear’ in government innovation
Jessie Bur, Federal Times
The government’s need for a greater IT- and data-knowledgeable workforce is the reason that federal innovation is not moving forward as quickly as officials would like it, according to the OMB Deputy Director for Management Margaret Weichert.

OPM targets improved job satisfaction scores
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
The Office of Personnel Management is targeting low employee performance and engagement scores within agencies and setting milestones for action.

How Attempts at Fixing the Civil Service System Have Made It Worse Off
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Federal human resources officials said that congressional efforts to fix an outdated civil service system have complicated it as much as they have improved it.

Reorganization
IRS Rebrands Obama-Era ‘Future State’ Efficiency Reorganization
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The name of the initiative has changed but goals remain similar.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 29-October 5

Analytics/Evaluation
How Agencies Can Make the Most of Their Data
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Government likes to tackle challenges by designating new management chiefs: The latest to join the C-suite is the chief data officer.

Collaboration
Sustaining Collaborative Action
Paul Reville and Lynne Sacks, Stanford Social Innovation Review
As more cross-sector collaborations gain traction, we must understand what it takes to keep them running over the long term and ensure that progress continues despite changes in leadership.

Leadership
OPM Calls on Agencies to Implement Coaching Programs for Employees
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Coaches provide confidential format to assist in career development, OPM says.

Employee Engagement and Professional Development Top Management Agenda Progress Report
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
The Trump administration said it has been laying the groundwork for several priorities, including promoting employee engagement, reskilling workers and improving the federal hiring process.

Open Government
Think tank alums look to build tech expertise for Congress
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
A new private-sector resource hub is hoping to reverse Congress’ declining institutional knowledge of technology issues.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 22-28

Reorganization
Senate Panel Advances Measure to Give Trump Reorganization Authority, With Caveats
Eric Katz, Government Executive
A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a measure to ease the process for President Trump to reorganize the federal government, but lawmakers included a provision to ensure any such reforms would require bipartisan support.

Senate oversight committee settles differences with government reorganization bill
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Radio
The bill authorizes OMB to prepare a government reorganization plan and establishes a process for Congress to vote on those proposals and pass them into law.

After a Slow Start, Trump’s Civil Service Reformers Connect With Experts
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The Office of Management and Budget hosted agency alumni, corporate specialists, and academics for an off-the-record symposium on fixing what ails the federal government.

Analytics/Evaluation
Social Science? Data Science? Evidence-Based Government Needs Both
Andrew Feldman, Government Executive
Results-focused leaders need to get savvy about both if they want to catalyze a culture of continuous improvement.

When That Pay-for-Success Project Ends
Stephen Goldsmith, Governing
Early adopters have a lesson for the next generation of PFS projects: It’s important to plan from the start for what comes next.

Customer Service
Feedback Is Not a Fad
Larry Kramer, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Listening to beneficiaries should be part and parcel of any initiative that seeks to help others.

Leadership
What Managers Should Do With 2018 Employee Viewpoint Survey Data
Max Stier and Danny Werfel, Government Executive
It is critical for executives to closely examine this data, not only to assess the overall level of employee engagement at their organizations, but to get a sense of how employees feel about specific aspects of their work life.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 15-21

Reorganization
Bill authorizing government reorganization now has a House companion
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Radio
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is expected to take up legislation authorizing a government reorganization.

Performance Management
Metrics Are for Playmakers
Howard Risher, Government Executive
Despite continuous attention, the use of metrics in government has declined, not improved, over the past decade.

Analytics/Evaluation
White House Wants More Input Before Finalizing New Government Research Center Structure
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
Officials are pondering the next steps as they sift through initial feedback on the proposed GEAR Center.

Innovation
What federal job automation looks like
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
As the Trump administration aims to drive efficiency and accuracy and eliminate “low-value work,” agencies are starting to think about what aspects of their operations lend themselves to automation.

Risk Management
Federal risk managers say implementing A-123 takes teamwork and transparency
Amelia Brust, Federal News Radio
Collaboration, a culture of transparency and intertwining Enterprise Risk Management into existing projects can help federal risk officers make a difference.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 8-14

Reorganization
Congress Begins Formally Blocking Trump’s Government Reorganization Plan
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Many of the 32 proposals the White House issued in June have received bipartisan pushback, but the spending package marks the first effort legislators have taken to formally block those proposals from moving forward.

Performance Management
GAO: Few agencies have moved ahead on using metrics to inform policy decisions
Jory Heckman, Federal News Radio
Despite a number of recent initiatives aimed at getting agencies to make more data-based decisions, GAO finds agencies haven’t moved the needle much on using performance information.

How to Achieve Your Agency’s Objectives One Meeting at a Time
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Data-driven meetings made a big splash in government nearly a decade ago. New research shows what it takes to make them work.

Innovation
How the VHA innovators network is ‘changing narrative’ of complacency
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Radio
The VHA’s Diffusion of Excellence Initiative so far has worked with 3,198 VHA employees to replicate 344 practices, which has resulted in cost savings worth about $22.6 million, the agency said.

Will civic tech save government from its tech talent crisis?
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Students drawn to digital government are bringing desperately needed skills (and enthusiasm) to agencies that are willing to engage.

6 Organizations Making a Big Impact on Smart Cities
Lauren Harrison, Government Technology
Partnerships with nonprofits and foundations drive city innovation.

Why Cultivating Your Innovation Ecosystem Is Worth the Work
Elizabeth Hoffecker, Stanford Social Innovation Review
New research shows there are clear benefits to strengthening the complex environments that enable place-based innovation.

Leadership
How Senior Executives and Good Government Groups Would Like to Reshape the SES
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
Proposal stresses training, performance management and reducing the number of political appointees.

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