Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 21-27

Performance Management
Performance Management: Moving from Process to Practice in Performance Management
Partnership for Public Service
Results of a new survey that found PIOs at most large agencies have advanced their performance management efforts, setting up the building blocks of a performance improvement culture and gearing up to make better use of data for decision making. But most of the action is taking place at top agency levels and has not filtered down.

What Is Successful Government
Patrick Ibarra, Governing
It’s not easy to determine what constitutes quality public-sector performance. Finding the answers to some crucial questions is the most important step toward a disciplined approach to high-performance government.

Brookings Launches Center to Improve Public Management
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Its “Democracy Hub” will link academics and policy influencers in a new peer-to-peer network for the sharing of ideas and data. And a “FixGov” online blog will offer recommendations from Brookings scholars and outside contributors while incorporating “crowd-sourced information from the federal workforce on best practices and areas for government improvement.”

3 ways big data is transforming government
Bill Cull, Federal Computer Week
The technology of big data is important, but openness and stakeholder input are what really make a difference.

Predictive Analytics: How to Prevent Crime from Happening
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Police departments across the U.S. are piloting crime prevention programs that rely on a smart analysis of historical crime data in neighborhoods across their cities.

Open Government
DATA Act gains Senate ally
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
A bill to standardize and structure government spending data, a version of which has already moved through committee in the Republican-led House, is getting an assist from a prominent Democrat.

Enhancing Accountability and Increasing Financial Transparency
Senate Budget Committee
Senator Warner noted that the GAO recently released a report that called for Congress to pass legislation to improve federal financial transparency. The report stated that with more than $1 trillion awarded by the government annually through contracts, grants, and loans, “improving transparency of spending is essential to improve accountability.”

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