Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 8-14

Congress Begins Formally Blocking Trump’s Government Reorganization Plan
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Many of the 32 proposals the White House issued in June have received bipartisan pushback, but the spending package marks the first effort legislators have taken to formally block those proposals from moving forward.

Performance Management
GAO: Few agencies have moved ahead on using metrics to inform policy decisions
Jory Heckman, Federal News Radio
Despite a number of recent initiatives aimed at getting agencies to make more data-based decisions, GAO finds agencies haven’t moved the needle much on using performance information.

How to Achieve Your Agency’s Objectives One Meeting at a Time
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Data-driven meetings made a big splash in government nearly a decade ago. New research shows what it takes to make them work.

How the VHA innovators network is ‘changing narrative’ of complacency
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Radio
The VHA’s Diffusion of Excellence Initiative so far has worked with 3,198 VHA employees to replicate 344 practices, which has resulted in cost savings worth about $22.6 million, the agency said.

Will civic tech save government from its tech talent crisis?
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Students drawn to digital government are bringing desperately needed skills (and enthusiasm) to agencies that are willing to engage.

6 Organizations Making a Big Impact on Smart Cities
Lauren Harrison, Government Technology
Partnerships with nonprofits and foundations drive city innovation.

Why Cultivating Your Innovation Ecosystem Is Worth the Work
Elizabeth Hoffecker, Stanford Social Innovation Review
New research shows there are clear benefits to strengthening the complex environments that enable place-based innovation.

How Senior Executives and Good Government Groups Would Like to Reshape the SES
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
Proposal stresses training, performance management and reducing the number of political appointees.

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