Accountability and Performance Weekly – October 12-18

Are federal CDOs being set up to fail?
Dave Nyczepir, FedScoop
Empowering agencies’ chief data officers means freeing them from other roles and responsibilities, according to a new paper.

What DOD’s data scientists are discovering
Troy K. Schneider, Federal Computer Week
Recruiting top analytical talent into government is tough, the Pentagon’s top management officer says, but the payoffs can be big.

Data Coalition Obtains Documents Indicating Labor Department is Constraining Resources for Evaluating Program Effectiveness
Data Coalition
The Data Coalition acquired documents through a FOIA request that suggest the Labor Department continues to constrain resources for studying whether and how well the country’s labor policies work.

How OPM Cut the Paper Out of the Performance Review Process
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
So far, the USA Performance app tracks more than 35,000 federal employees—a number expected to more than double in 2020.

The Army has ideas for reducing civilian time-to-hire
Jared Serbu, Federal News Network
The Army is still drafting an implementation plan for the civilian employee side of its new, overarching “People Strategy.” But officials are previewing some of the ideas that may soon become Army-wide policy.

Tackling Both Sides of the Government Innovation Challenge
Rebecca Gevalt, Government Executive
Bringing commercial technology into the federal market requires a comprehensive solution.

Customer Service
One small policy change means a big difference for citizens
Matt Schrader, Federal Computer Week
The CASES Act is a significant step in the right direction for enhancing the citizen experience. Legislators should use this as a guidepost to rework other outdated policies that were originally intended to protect citizens but are long overdue for a refresh.

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