Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 14-20

Analytics and Evaluation
What went wrong with DATA Act pilot?
Carten Cordell, Federal Times
Four senators want to know why OMB is behind on a pilot program meant to increase transparency and cost savings.

Using Data for Action and for Impact
Jim Fruchterman, Stanford Social Innovation Review
There is a growing urgency in the social sector to make better use of data to inform decision-making and evaluate performance, but many organizations struggle to do this. This article provides a framework to help organizations do better.

Social Media’s Place in Data-Smart Governance
Stephen Goldsmith, Governing
Cities are learning to mine this trove of information to predict the impact of future events and significantly improve operations.

Open Government
How HHS is spurring data innovation both inside and outside the agency
Greg Otto, FedScoop
The director of the HHS Health Data Initiative says the administration’s Open Data initiatives have been a catalyst — but more needs to be done.

House Republicans want to change the way agencies make rules
David Thornton, Federal News Radio
H.R. 5226 would require an agency to publish online every public communication it makes regarding a proposed rule, along with the date, method and intended audience of the communication.

Risk Management
The Secrets to Getting Off the GAO High Risk List
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Over one-third of agency programs on GAO’s high-risk list have gotten off. What’s the secret?

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