Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 27-October 3

Performance Management
Interview with GAO’s Chris Mihm on Agency Use of Performance Data
Federal News Radio
The Government Accountability Office keeps score of which agencies actually use that information, and only two agencies are showing any improvement.

Agencies Lose Ground in Performance Management, GAO Finds
Charles Clark, Government Executive
More than four years after the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act became law, most agencies have shown little progress in using performance data for managing daily operations, a survey found.

Performance management pitfalls
Howard Steinman, Federal Times
As an agency implements and executes a performance management program, it often has available—if it knows where to look—a number of indications that the program is starting to stumble.

Making Data Real – Lessons From and For Federal Leaders
Dan Chenok, Business of Government
How government leaders can leverage the power of analytics and data to make better decisions.

Collaborating across organizations — practice makes perfect
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Recent research supports what economists have long argued: Sustained collaboration adds real value, but you have to work at it!

Strengths and misperceptions of Social Impact Bonds: An interview with Jeffrey Liebman, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator
Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) — also known as Pay for Success — are relatively new in the U.S., but interest has grown quickly at the local, state and federal levels in just a few years.

Crowdsourcing Offers Gov Funding Option for Civic Tech
Jason Shueh, Government Pechnology
Online crowdfunding platforms are a growing alternative route to support civic projects by citizens.

Open Government
Treasury, OMB chart path to Data Act implementation
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
While OMB is leading the development of data definition standards, Treasury is concentrating on data exchange standards.

Recipe for a successful DATA Act is part collaboration, part oversight
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) has already garnered more attention, more high-level focus, in four months since it became law than previous federal transparency laws did in the last seven years.

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