Accountability and Performance Weekly – December 15-January 4

A Shutdown Would Have More Negative Effects than You Might Think
William G. Resh and Susannah Bruns Ali, Government Executive
The budget impasse threatens our future capacity to govern.
Shutdown ‘perfectly timed to prevent people from joining. government’
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
The federal workforce takes the brunt of the shutdown impact, but there’s another group who may be dissuaded from joining government altogether: young prospective employees and students.

Improving Program Management
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Two years after the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act was signed into law, slow but steady progress is being made.

Is the Federal Workforce Reaching Its Breaking Point?
Howard Risher, Government Executive
The level of burnout across government may be approaching a crisis point. The cost is substantial and growing worse.

A Playbook for Designing Social Impact Measurement
Gwendolyn Reynolds, Lisa C. Cox, Nicholas Fritz, Daniel Hadley, and Jonathan R. Zadra, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Thinking about social impact measurement on a spectrum can help organizations develop a clear, evidence-based idea of how or why their programs work.

Social Impact Bonds: More Than One Approach
Gary Painter, Kevin Albertson, Chris Fox, and Chris O’Leary, Stanford Social Innovation Review
A look at how social impact bonds differ between projects and geographies, and how those differences impact practical implementation.

Open Government
Federal financial data hub fails to meet certain requirements
Jessie Bur, Federal Times meets some key open data best practices, but still falls short of some legislative and administrative requirements.

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