Accountability and Performance Weekly – February 22-28

Performance Management: The Emphasis on Accountability
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Clear goals, transparently pursued can be a powerful tool to drive output-oriented performance, but there are caveats.

Performance Management: An Emphasis on Learning
John Kamensky, Government Executive
The trick is getting front-line managers to see value in fostering a learning-driven, problem-solving approach to improving performance.

Update on Performance Initiatives Released
The administration has released an update of activities in 2019 toward its “high-performance government goal.”

Open Data & Data Governance
Which Data Challenges Span Multiple Layers of Government?
Zach Quaintance, Government Technology
Public servants who work with data in cities, counties and states have shared obstacles, including talent recruitment, converting complex ideas into simple language, synchronizing pilots with advance budgeting, and more.

How one data-driven agency — the Census Bureau — found extra value in machine learning
Dave Nyczepir, Fed Scoop
Like many agencies, the Census Bureau looks for reductions in expenses and workloads when it makes decisions. But the agency has discovered another advantage in AI technology: it can find data that employees never knew they needed.

Why feds shouldn’t fear GitHub
Derek B. Johnson, FCW
Agencies shouldn’t be afraid to leverage open-source tools like GitHub during software development, a USCIS IT official said. Shows What Public Wants to Know about the Government
The site has released data on what people are seeking when they visit the site.

GovExec Daily: Margaret Weichert’s Legacy
Adam Butler and Ross Gianfortune, Government Executive
In its inaugural episode, GovExec’s new podcast talks about the government career of the OMB and OPM official.

How can agencies ensure their data is protected when it’s not on their network?
Eric White, Federal News Network
Audio covers how agencies have received new ways to protect their data on contractor or non-federal systems.

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