Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 29-July 12

Evidence-based decision making: What DOE, USDA and others are learning
Wyatt Kash, FedScoop
Evidence-based decision making is gaining traction at agencies, a new report says, and there are some clear lessons about how to increase federal use of the practice.

How incoming chief data, evaluation officers can serve as ‘brokers’ between agencies’ data sets
Jory Heckman, Federal News Network
Agencies don’t lack for a whole host of metrics for their programs. But do those numbers show the whole picture?

Clock Starts on Naming Leaders, Beginning Work on Evidence Act
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
Agencies now have official guidance on how to meet the first phase of requirements under the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act.

OMB pushes evidence, CDOs and TBM in budget planning
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
In their annual budget planning document, the Office of Management and Budget issued early requirements for Evidence-Based Policymaking and told tech managers to adopt TBM.

White House asks agencies to show their work implementing new laws and policies
Eric White, Federal News Network
OMB has released its Circular A-11 update, tasking agencies with showing their progress in complying with new laws and management requirements.

White House hears from public on data strategy
Mark Rockwell, Federal Computer Week
More than 50 experts gathered at the Commerce Department to discuss the path forward to implement the recently released White House data strategy.

Experts Say Federal Data Strategy Needs Leaders and Funding to Succeed
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
Stakeholders are pleased the government is poised to take action on the federal data strategy but had some management advice for OMB.

The Federal Data Strategy is a Trump Plan We Should All Support
Nick Hart, Nextgov
It’s stakeholder-driven, it’s bipartisan and it’s reasonable.

How Behavioral Science Could Improve Federal Programs
John Kamensky, Government Executive
The private sector has been using psychological insight for years to promote certain outcomes.

Breakthrough Technologies Offer Enormous Opportunity for Federal Leaders—If They Seize It
Meroe Park and Dee Dee Helfenstein, Government Executive
What Silicon Valley calls “exponential technologies” could transform agency operations and boost national security.

The Reasons Your Change Initiative Will Fail
Scott Eblin, Government Executive
Most people focus too much on the results and not enough on the relationships that will yield the results.

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