Accountability and Performance Weekly – February 1-7

Evidence and Evaluation
Federal Data Strategy to impact all feds, not just ‘data plans for data wonks’
Jory Heckman, Federal News Network
The Chief Data Officer council met on the first time Friday to discuss implementation of the Federal Data Strategy, including building a data-centric workforce.

NSF Tech Leader Aims for a Data-Savvy, Innovation-Focused Workforce
Brandi Vincent, Nextgov
Dorothy Aronson, the National Science Foundation’s chief information officer and chief data officer, discusses shaping the data literacy of the agency’s workforce.

Future of Federal Data Strategy Will Include Informing Citizens About How Their Data Is Used
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
As agencies share more data between departments, the administration will develop a framework and tools for citizens to manage how their personal information is used.

How to make data a resource for every mission
Jason Miller, Federal News Network
Agencies need to transform by encouraging an agile approach, by taking smart risks and reskilling their workforces to understand what it takes for change to take hold.

In new book, former Gov. O’Malley makes case for tracking performance with data
John Thomas Flynn, Federal News Network
Former Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley, discusses his experience implementing performance measurement and the importance of the Chief Information Officer role at the state level.

Reducing Administrative Burden, aka ‘Death by a Thousand 10-Minute Tasks’
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Since 1991, the federal government has imposed 110 new requirements on university research grant recipients.

MSPB Questions Value of Performance Evaluations
Federal agencies “may need to reconsider both the purpose(s) of and how they are conducting performance evaluation,” the MSPB has said.

Report: Federal Agencies Must Be ‘Better Connected, More Collaborative’ 
Courtney Buble, Government Executive
Agencies need to work together and with the private sector to improve how they manage systems, data and their workforces, researchers say.

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