Accountability and Performance Weekly – November 23-December 6

Evidence and Evaluation
Laboratories of Democracy in Action: Investing in What Works
John Kamensky, Government Executive
The mere availability of information is not enough to get policy makers to actually use it.

Why a meaningful data strategy requires more than an action plan
Shaun Bierweiler, Federal Times
An independent data strategy cements an agency’s control of its own data indefinitely and provides flexibility, portability and consistency. Here are some pointers.

Do our algorithms have enough oversight?
Lia Russell, Federal Computer Week
Unconscious bias is just one of the unintended consequences complicating government’s use of AI.

Agencies plan for developing data science talent
Lia Russell, Federal Computer Week
The Data Science Training Pilot gives agencies a chance to see the benefits of data science projects while reskilling employees.

Federal data policy council aims to streamline data sharing between agencies
Dave Nyczepir, FedScoop
The council held its first internal meeting about a month before the Federal Data Strategy is expected to be released.

Fed performance reviews will get a revamp
Jessie Bur, Federal Times
The Office of Personnel Management’s changes bring its Performance Appraisal Assessment Tool more in line with the Trump administration’s management objectives.

Watchdog: Proposed OPM-GSA Merger Continues to ‘Evolve’ Despite Lack of Legislation
Erich Wagner, Nextgov
Officials have continued to examine moving portions of OPM to GSA piecemeal, and still lack documentation for the legal authority and cost benefit analyses, the inspector general said.

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