Accountability and Performance Weekly – August 5-11

Performance Management
GSA Updates Plan for Improving Employees’ Job Performance as Part of Reorg Strategy
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The General Services Administration updated its internal employee performance improvement plan to focus on “linking individual performance to organizational goals, clarifying performance expectations, and providing appropriate and timely recognition of exceptional performance.”

Setting Goals Around Tasks, Not Outcomes, is the Best Way to Improve Performance, a Study Shows
Oliver Staley, Government Executive
A new study suggests three possible reasons why task-based goals could work better than performance goals.

Where High Performance Happens: In the Trenches
Howard Risher, Governing
Public employees know what needs to be done. Managers are the key to a trusting environment that empowers workers.

Open Government
How a Transparent Process Made Federal Spending Transparency Possible
Christina Ho, Rob Cook and Bryce Pippert, Nextgov
Treasury’s charge was to track nearly $4 trillion in annual spending on a quarterly basis and link data from disparate functions and systems—managed by over 100 individual federal agencies—into one common standard.

What’s next for agency reorg plans?
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
As agencies wrap up their reorganization plans, successful reforms will prioritize mission delivery over simply slashing the workforce — but proposed budget cuts and leadership vacancies pose additional challenges.

Agencies pull back curtain for peak at how they tackle reform plans
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
As agencies prepare to submit the final versions of their reform strategies to OMB some of them are showing a few cards around their process and priorities.

Trump Agency Reforms Are Called the Most Exciting Opportunity in Years
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Officials and consultants offer a peek into still-unreleased reorganization plans.

Federal overseers keeping close watch on how agencies engage employees through reorg
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
Workforce watchdogs are offering advice to agencies on how to preserve skillsets and promote personnel practices.

Risk Management
Risk Management Isn’t Just for the Finance Staff
John O’Connor, Government Executive
Operational leaders have an opportunity to align resources against their greatest vulnerabilities.

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