Accountability and Performance Weekly – October 6-12

Analytics/Evaluation
OMB’s Weichert: Government ‘paralyzed by the embarrassment of data’ it cannot use
Jory Heckman, Federal News Radio
After President Trump named her the acting director of OPM, Margaret Weichert, also the Office of Management and Budget’s deputy director for management, outlined some of her top priorities in the new role.

How the administration is tackling data challenges
Jessie Bur, Federal Times
Over 50 federal employees across four teams are working to develop strategies for government that will promote transparency and effective uses of federal data.

Innovation
If You Want To Foster Innovation, Support Curious Employees
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Most breakthroughs result from inquisitive workers, not an innovation office staffed by specialized “innovators.”

New innovation awards get DoD, industry and academia in the same room
Scott Maucione, Federal News Radio
The Pentagon is pairing its people with lead researchers at universities and businesses to reduce the time it takes to develop products.

Leadership
Executives Association Wants to Fill in the Gaps in Federal Training and Development
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
Group hopes that efforts to boost professional development for agency leaders will eventually be adopted by agencies.

Management
Why workforce is the ‘stuck gear’ in government innovation
Jessie Bur, Federal Times
The government’s need for a greater IT- and data-knowledgeable workforce is the reason that federal innovation is not moving forward as quickly as officials would like it, according to the OMB Deputy Director for Management Margaret Weichert.

OPM targets improved job satisfaction scores
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
The Office of Personnel Management is targeting low employee performance and engagement scores within agencies and setting milestones for action.

How Attempts at Fixing the Civil Service System Have Made It Worse Off
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Federal human resources officials said that congressional efforts to fix an outdated civil service system have complicated it as much as they have improved it.

Reorganization
IRS Rebrands Obama-Era ‘Future State’ Efficiency Reorganization
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The name of the initiative has changed but goals remain similar.

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