Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 17-23

Senators: Reorg plans must balance workforce cuts against mission success
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
Agencies expect to hit the first deadline set by the White House’s plan to restructure government and reduce the size of the workforce, but lawmakers want to make sure their efforts don’t come at the expense of effective operations.

The opportunities and pitfalls of government reorganization: An interview with Bob Behn, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Podcast
The Trump administration’s focus on reorganization raises the question of when is reorganization useful and what pitfalls need be avoided.

What the U.S. Can Learn From India’s Government Reform Efforts
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Public progress reports are key, and naming and shaming laggards doesn’t hurt either.

Can Employees Embrace Government Restructuring?
Howard Risher, Government Executive
The success (or failure) of the Trump administration’s plans depends on the answer.

Ten Success Factors in Implementing Large Initiatives
John Kamensky, Business of Government
What lessons were learned from the implementation of the DATA Act that could be applied to other large-scale, government-wide initiatives in the future?

What to look for in leadership and organizational performance
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Better data is producing a mini-revolution in scholarship about public-sector management.

How COOs are indispensable to management agendas
David Thornton, Federal News Radio
These COOs frequently occupy deputy secretary positions that require Senate confirmation, many of which are vacant in the current administration. But it’s the people occupying these offices that are best positioned to make real changes in the way agencies perform their missions.

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