Accountability and Performance Weekly – October 19-25

Analytics/Evaluation
4 ways to empower federal CDOs
Andrew Churchill, Federal Computer Week
To ensure chief data officers are more than data cheerleaders, agencies must empower them to be strategic leaders that can make an impact.

The Evolving Promise of Pay for Success
Sindhu Lakshmanan, Roger Low and Caroline Whistler, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Despite growing pains, the pay for success funding model is finding renewed success in communities across the United States and is primed to evolve into an ever-more-powerful tool for social change.

What agencies need to implement the Federal Data Strategy
Andrew Eversden, Federal Times
Departments across the government continue to be scattered in terms of implementation of the Federal Data Strategy, but they recognize what they need to do to be successful.

Naval Research Lab brainstorms plan to tackle AI’s data-centric challenges
Jory Heckman, Federal News Network
The defense community, including the Defense AI Center stood up last year, have rolled out AI pilots on everything from predictive maintenance of aircraft and vehicles to autonomous ships.

How GSA is using data to drive better decisions
Jason Miller, Federal News Network
Data analytics is driving decisions across the agency.

Management
When Performance Goals Backfire
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Ambitious goals can be motivational, but they also can incentivize unethical behavior.

Top management official wants a more ‘agile’ government
Andrew Eversden, Federal Times
OMB’s Deputy Director of Management pledged to remove structural impediments hindering the federal government’s ability to adapt to changing technology and workforce needs.

OPM’s new guide to reading employee viewpoint data
Lia Russell, Federal Computer Week
A new toolkit from the Office of Personnel Management focuses on using data to understand and improve employee-manager relations.

Merit Board Suggests Ways Agencies Can Hire ‘Better,’ Not Just ‘Faster and Cheaper’
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
The Merit Systems Protections Board is lending its support to the Office of Personnel Management’s hiring reform efforts.

Innovation
How VA Gets Innovators to Focus on Veterans’ Challenges
Brandi Vincent, Nextgov
Hackathons—and the meaningful strategic partnerships they can spark—help the Veterans Affairs Department turn innovation that only seems imaginable into reality.

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