Accountability and Performance Weekly – April 29-May 5

Performance Management
OMB’s Biggest Challenge
Howard Risher, Government Executive
Government does not have the systems in place today to identify the best performers or rationalize staffing.

DATA Act advocates reflect on three years of planning, partnerships, predictions for future spending reports
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
Open government advocates, industry, and agency officials are eagerly looking toward the May 9 implementation date for standardized federal spending information.

Agencies looking beyond Data Act deadline
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
The DATA Act’s first submission deadline is a few days away, but agencies are already counting the benefits and looking to future uses.

7 problems (and solutions) ahead of next week’s DATA Act deadline
Carten Cordell, Federal Times
The long-awaited rollout of the DATA Act reporting requirements are set to debut on May 9, but a new report says challenges remain for agencies looking to capitalize on the law’s Big Data possibilities.

Trump tech aide touts DATA Act as ‘model’ for innovation
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
A few agencies will miss the May deadline to electronically submit their financial data, but robust support of spending data transparency from the White House, Congress and the private sector will keep the pressure on lagging agencies.

How analytics can transform federal real estate budget planning
Rana Lahiri and Ed Cody, Federal Computer Week
By combining financial and asset management data, agencies can build a systems for better decision making.

Social Progress’s True Metric: Compared to What?
William Corrin and John Martinez, Stanford Social Innovation Review
With a proper approach and clear benchmarks, program evaluation can yield unexpected insights and become a delightful learning experience.

Arizona Management Systems Principles Improve State Processes, Save Millions
Theo Douglas, Government Technology
Focusing on customer value and continuous improvement, and engaging employees to improve productivity, quality and service has helped Arizona save millions of dollars so far.

Open Government
OMB gets avalanche of government improvement suggestions
Mark Rockwell, Federal Computer Week
The White House call for suggestions from federal employees and the public has brought in over 60,000 submissions.

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