Accountability and Performance Weekly – October 14-20

Performance Management
Seven Steps for Creating a Bottom Line in the Government
Prajapati Trivedi, Business of Government
Most government agencies do not have a clearly defined bottom line. Thus, the managers of the agency often do not know what is expected from them.

This Can Make Middle Managers Inflate Success
Matt Swayne, Government Executive
In a study of a large telecommunications company, researchers found that middle managers used a range of tactics to inflate their subordinates’ performance and deceive top management.

Is Your Agency Ready for New Evidence-Based Policy Tools?
Andy Feldman and Robert Shea, Government Executive
The goal is to strengthen a culture of learning and improvement.

2017 Federal Invest in What Works Index
Results for America
Results for America’s Federal Invest in What Works Index highlights the extent to which selected federal agencies are building the infrastructure necessary to be able to use data, evidence and evaluation in budget, policy, and management decisions.

How Networks of Proven Programs Could Help State-Level Reform
Robert Slavin, Huffington Post
How can states hope to bring about major change on a large scale?
Do People Like Government ‘Nudges’? Study Says: Yes
Cass Sunstein, Government Executive
Government initiatives to prod people to make better decisions got a lot of attention after Richard Thaler won a Nobel in economics for his working on nudging.

How to Foster Innovation in Government Management Systems
Prajapati Trivedi, PA Times
How do you create an innovation eco-system within government that promotes a culture of management innovation?

Open Government
GSA, OPM Nominees Pledge to Build Public Trust Through Open Data Programs
Mohana Ravindranath, Nextgov
Emily Webster Murphy, GSA administrator nominee, pledged to expand open data programs while Jeff Pon, OPM director nominee, said he promised to ramp up information security efforts.

DHS reorg to focus on building integration, efficiency from localized solutions
David Thornton, Federal News Radio
Instead of deciding at the top what is best for the various components of the sprawling department, Homeland Security is taking the next step in a logical progression of programs it had already begun to track down and fix problems where they live, and so effect change from the bottom up.

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