Accountability and Performance Weekly – August 18-24

Performance Management
Observations on facilitating effective use of government performance information
Richard Beck,
There’s a difference between providing performance information and having it considered and used in decision-making.

When Interagency Conflict Is a Good Thing
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Sometimes, seemingly duplicative programs can create needed checks and balances.

Workforce, data likely to be first priorities of WH research center
Jessie Bur, Federal Times
The Government Effectiveness Advanced Research Center is expected to focus on retraining the workforce and finding better ways to leverage government data.

Treasury’s Data Lab makes federal spending numbers more accessible, engaging
Amelia Brust, Federal Newss Radio
Every quarter, roughly 100 agencies submit trillions of dollars’ worth of federal spending data to the Data Lab on Organizing that data, and helping researchers and the general public alike make sense of it is its mission.

One City’s Path to Smart City Leadership
Stephen Goldsmith, Governing
As San Jose has shown, it’s as much about having the right people and organizational structures in place as it is about technology.

Open Government
Are federal agencies doing enough with social media?
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
Despite a $1.5 billion price tag for federal agencies’ social media use, many employees believe their organizations aren’t doing enough.

Risk Management
DHS launching ‘risk radar’ for agency leaders to see big picture on cyber threats
Jory Heckman, Federal News Radio
The Department of Homeland Security plans to launch a “risk radar” next fiscal year aimed at helping agency leaders better understand their cybersecurity strategies.

Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Adrian Evans-Burke,
This article provides an overview of best practices and lessons learned related to developing strategic plans.

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