Accountability and Performance Weekly – February 11-17

Performance Management
Do Performance Incentives Make People Greedy?
Robert Kwok, Business of Government
How we are rewarded shifts our values in surprising ways.

Rollout of project management law promises responsible use of taxpayer dollars
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 would create a “culture of excellence,” promoting wise use of taxpayer dollars.

After the Award: How to Make Contracts Deliver
Dan Chenok, Business of Government
Like acquisition, contract performance is a team sport, so collaboration, communication and trust characterize the best post-contract relationships.

One More Time: Can Government Be Run Like a Business?
Howard Risher, Government Executive
Is a culture of compliance and risk avoidance incompatible with efforts to improve performance?

Prime time for the Data Act?
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
Some early signs suggest that the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act could become a policy priority in the Trump administration.

Social Innovation Comes to Pennsylvania Avenue
Monica Potts, Stanford Social Innovation Review
President Obama experimented with radically new ways of leveraging taxpayer dollars and applying data to maximize the impact of social programs. As his policies face an uncertain future under President Trump, what can we learn from these initiatives?

Scaling With Evidence
Armida Fernandez and Vanessa D’Souza, Stanford Social Innovation Review
When monitoring and evaluation are in an organization’s DNA it’s much easier to create partnerships with government agencies and NGOs.

Senate Clears Proponent of Workforce Cuts as Trump’s Budget Director
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The Senate approved President Trump’s candidate to lead OMB, as the administration is reportedly drafting an executive order that will require agencies to identify programs and administrative functions that are duplicative and could be consolidated.

White House prepping government reorg executive order
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
The White House is preparing a new executive order to require agencies to plan and suggest ways to reorganize the government.

Risk Management
GAO Expands List of Programs Vulnerable to Waste, Fraud and Abuse
Charles Clark, Government Executive
There are new red flags on the 2020 Census, tribal programs, environmental liabilities.

Applying Risk Management Strategies to Reduce Improper Payments
Michael Keegan, Business of Government
A new report describes how the Department of Labor is employing risk management strategies to reduce improper payments.

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