Accountability and Performance Weekly – March 16-22

Tech officials huddle to implement new data laws
Mark Rockwell, Federal Computer Week
Agency tech officials meet with the Office of Management and Budget to decide how new data laws fit into their efforts under the President’s Management Agenda.

Can agencies implement evidence-based policymaking without more money?
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
Evidence-based policymaking has been touted as a management priority, but the White House’s 2020 budget requests no funds for the mandate, making early steps difficult for agencies.

A Permanent Place for Data Analytics
Stephen Goldsmith, Governing
In codifying its innovative operation into law, New York City has provided a useful guide for other localities.

Agencies Can Do Better by Collecting Data with Purpose
Brandi Vincent, Nextgov
There’s a difference between having data and having useful data, federal officials said.

What’s Next for Government Data
Here’s how federal agencies are tapping into one of their greatest resources.

The President’s Management Agenda Turns One
Terry Gerton and Alan P. Balutis, Government Executive
The National Academy of Public Administration has released a series of essays with perspectives on how the President’s management agenda compares to its predecessors and what the administration might do in the coming years to ensure its sustained progress.

Government, universities launch regional ‘hubs’ to build stronger talent pipeline
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Network
In effort to build a better talent pipeline and foster more collaborative, working relationships between government and universities, the Volcker Alliance has announced the creation of two “government-to-university” councils in Kansas City, Missouri, and Austin, Texas.

Trump Administration Outlines How the OPM-GSA Merger Would Work
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
The White House plans to move the portions it can transfer administratively this year, while retirement and health care offices will have to wait until 2020 and for legislation.

DOD slow-walking reorg, watchdog says
Lauren Williams, Federal Computer Week
GAO found that the Defense Department lacked a proper analysis and transition plan to move certain duties from the CIO to the chief management officer.

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