Accountability and Performance Weekly – February 2-8

Study: Federal Workforce Is on the Verge of Catastrophe
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
Without a significant overhaul, agencies may fail to provide adequate services when they are needed most, researchers found.

Building a Culture of Informed Decision Making
John Kamensky, Government Executive
A new law aims to institutionalize an evidence-driven culture in agencies. Implementation won’t be easy.

From Classical Management to Behavioral Transformation
Nathan Furr, Kyle Nel, and Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy, Stanford Social Innovation Review
An excerpt from Leading Transformation on the “Behavioral Innovation Manifesto.”

Open Government
Open-data law walks fine line keeping info ‘as open as possible’
Jory Heckman, Federal News Network
The OPEN Government Data Act requires agencies to appoint a chief data officer to help them develop a comprehensive data inventory the public can access.

Valuable, messy and contentious: How big data became ‘new oil’
Jory Heckman, Federal News Network
While agency IT officials recognize the OPEN Government Data Act presents opportunities to get more value out of their data, they also see challenges in preparing the workforce to manage all that data.

Even with law, open government still depends on those in charge
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
With the passage of the OPEN Government Data Act, openness is now the default setting for federal data, but success still depends on buy-in at agencies.

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