Accountability and Performance Weekly – April 11-17

SBA’s Continuity of Operations during the Pandemic and its Tech Enablers
Pearl Kim, GovLoop
The key enablers that keeps the agency’s operations running during the pandemic are innovative, improvisational thinking, and the technology modernization efforts that had laid a foundation to allow the agency to scale up.

A New Era of Telework Should be the Beginning of a More Flexible Federal Workforce.
Shawn Skelly, Government Executive
In the federal government, fewer than half of employees are authorized to telework, despite a requirement for agencies to incorporate telework into their continuity of operations plans.

Innovation & Open Government
The Pandemic Is a Clarion Call to Remove Barriers to Innovation
Stan Soloway, Government Executive
The COVID-19 crisis presents an opportunity to put in place solutions that will benefit us all, now and in the future.

What’s New in Civic Tech: New App Traces Coronavirus Contact
Zach Quiantance, GovTech
A team of researchers at the University of California, Irvine announced the tool this week which is something governors have described as a vital step in reopening the economy. The tool is called TrackCOVID, and it is a free, open-sourced app that its creators say also ensures the privacy of those who are potentially affected.

Data Analytics, Data Governance, & Open Data
Real-time government data on pandemic remains scant as crisis continues
Jackson Barnett, FedScoop
The limited amount of publicly available real-time data on the impact of COVID-19 has raised questions on the federal government’s handling of critical information at a time when the public and other institutions depend on it to stop the virus’ spread.

GovExec Daily: Overseeing Agencies’ Pandemic Response
Adam Butler and Ros Gianfortune, Government Executive
Katherine McIntire Peters and Courtney Bublé join the podcast to discuss how IGs, agencies and Congress can account for the money in the CARES Act.

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