Accountability and Performance Weekly – March 7-13

The Federalism Divide Is Shading Government’s Response to COVID-19
Donald F. Kettl, Government Executive
We can’t afford a government where the odds of an effective attack on the novel coronavirus depend on where citizens live.

How to Combat the Lack of Clear and Consistent Metrics
Pearl Kim, GovLoop
Agencies’ journeys to a modern state will require them to address a lack of clear, consistent and measurable metrics to determine the quality of their digital services.

Watchdog: Poor Communication Left HHS Ill-Equipped to Handle Family Separation Policy
Courtney Buble, Government Executive
Leaders ignored warnings from career staff that would have helped them better care for an influx of children, IG found.

Evidence & Evaluation
Agencies Get Guidance on the Ethics and Rigor Required for Evidence-Based Decision-Making
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
The second of four policy documents related to the Evidence Act focuses on standards and practices for evaluation officers.

Open Data & Data Governance
Don’t Let Data Die in the Dark
Todd Forsythe, Nextgov
The ramifications of disorganized data can impact a business far beyond paying consumers financial settlements for non-compliance.
How data is driving the 2020 census to be more accurate, efficient
Jason Miller, Federal News Network
Census made a number of changes to how they’re conducting this year’s census based on data they already had.

CDC: Data modernization would have improved coronavirus detection, tracking
Derek B. Johnson, FCW
CDC officials urged lawmakers today to fund an existing data modernization initiative that they say would have led to faster detection and tracking of coronavirus as it spread across the country.

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