Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 30-October 6

Performance Management
Managing for Results: Further Progress Made in Implementing the GPRA Modernization Act, but Additional Actions Needed to Address Pressing Governance Challenges
Government Accountability Office
OMB and agencies have made some progress in more fully implementing the GPRA Modernization Act, but GAO’s work and 2017 survey of federal managers highlight numerous areas where improvements are needed.

2017 Survey of Federal Managers on Organizational Performance and Management Issues
Government Accountability Office
Provides information from our web-based survey of nearly 4,400 federal managers on certain management topics, such as using performance measures to track progress, quarterly performance reviews, and program evaluations.

Needed: A Commitment to Effective Performance Management
Howard Risher, Government Executive
Civil service reform is important, but without management reform it’s unlikely to generate the expected results.

Why Leaders Should Focus on Outcomes Instead of Solutions
Scott Elbin, Government Executive
Too often, executives and managers overlook the difference between the two.

Program Evaluation: Annual Agency-Wide Plans Could Enhance Leadership Support for Program Evaluations
Government Accountability Office
In its government-wide survey GAO found that most federal managers lack recent evaluations of their programs.

A primer on the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking’s recommendations: An interview with Nick Hart, Bipartisan Policy Center
Andy Feldman, GovInnovator Podcast
The Commission’s key recommendations focus on making the most of the data the government already collects by giving qualified researchers greater access to data from government programs and surveys, strengthening privacy protections, and ways that departments can increase their evidence capacity.

A Ray of Hope in Government Management
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Execution of the first round of Cross-Agency Priority Goals shows tangible results.

Innovation By and For the Government
Tim Cooke, Government Executive
The long, onerous and costly federal acquisition process makes it hard to attract private innovators.

Are USDS and 18F becoming part of the govtech ecosystem?
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Kelman talks to both digital recruits and longtime feds about the benefits, and lingering tensions, that come from digital service teams.

From “Lean Start-Up” to “Lean Collaboration”
Sharath Jeevan, Stanford Social Innovation Review
How to reframe government adoption of social innovations.

Survey: Federal Senior Execs Lack Sufficient Authority to Drive Change
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Career leaders “don’t feel empowered,” professional association says.

What to look for in agency reorg plans
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
Will agency reorganization plans focus on management and program improvements, or are the efforts a front for budget cuts and workforce reductions?

Do agencies need more flexibility for reorgs?
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
Shared services and workforce reductions are expected to feature prominently in the White House’s plan to reorganize the federal government, but some changes could benefit from additional outside authorities.

Strategic Planning
Using Strategic Foresight: Interview with CDR Eric Popiel, US Coast Guard
Michael Keegan, Business of Government
How the U.S. Coast Guard uses strategic foresight to make better decisions.

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