Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 23-29

Lawmakers question goals of reorganization plan
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle raised concerns about various aspects of the White House’s plan to structurally reorganize the federal government, questioning the goals and motives of the proposal.

White House Defends Government Reorganization Proposals Amid Congressional Criticism
Eric Katz, Government Executive
OMB official faces “tough crowd” at hearing as lawmakers push back on an array of recommendations.

Will Trump’s reorg plan get a boost from Congress?
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
The White House proposed a wide-ranging plan that would consolidate and reorganize cabinet-level agencies, but it won’t get far without backing from Congress.

8 Key Proposals for Feds in Trump’s Reorganization Plan
Eric Katz, Government Executive
An array of proposals put forward last week by the Trump administration to reorganize and reform federal agencies would have major impacts on their workforces.

Short-term savings or long-term transformation?
Scott Erskine, Federal Computer Week
With the Trump administration’s government reorganization plan out, it’s worth examining strategies for how to balance demands for budget cuts with big-picture organizational change.

Customer Service
How Agencies Can Help Citizens Navigate the Maze of Information
Anna Sever, Government Executive
Information is a good thing; but what about when there’s too much of a good thing?

USDA reports success with centers of excellence program
Mark Rockwell, Federal Computer Week
As the Department of Agriculture modernizes, the General Services Administration is looking for the next agency to adopt its “centers of excellence” approach.

OMB Sharpens Guidance for Improving Programs and Curbing Improper Payments
Charles Clark, Government Executive
In a pair of memos to agency heads, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney laid out how his office will monitor progress toward formalizing the improvement of program management and getting a better handle on efforts to avoid government payments to undeserving parties.

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