Accountability and Performance Weekly – December 7-13

Evidence and Evaluation
Evidence-Based Policymaking: Selected Agencies Coordinate Activities, but Could Enhance Collaboration
Government Accountability Office
Agencies can bring multiple sources of information together to determine whether federal programs are working as intended. Collaboration can help ensure that these evidence-building efforts are effective.

Performance Data Has Value Only When It’s Used
Howard Risher, Government Executive
Government employees learn very early there is an unwritten job description that delimits what they are expected to do.

Federal CIO: It’s Time for Those Digital Transformations to Scale Up
Brandi Vincent, Nextgov
In 2020, agencies will likely expand some of their new pilots and projects into enterprisewide solutions.

GAO Handbook Helps Answer Whether That New Tech Is Right For Your Agency
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
The principles in the handbook can be applied to any organization looking at new technologies.

Congress Moves to Block OPM-GSA Merger
Erich Wagner, Nextgov
A provision in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would first require an independent study of the challenges facing the Office of Personnel Management.

Pentagon’s zero-based review has freed $5 billion so far
Scott Maucione, Federal News Network
Defense Secretary Esper says the Pentagon freed up $5 billion over the last four months as part of a review to further align spending with the National Defense Strategy.

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