Accountability and Performance Weekly – April 18-24

Management:
Survey: Most Feds Say the Coronavirus Pandemic Has Had a ‘Major’ or ‘Extreme’ Impact on Agency Operations
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Only 4-in-10 of those still reporting to work say their agencies have provided adequate protections.

Coronavirus Outbreak Could Make the Upcoming Presidential Transition the Toughest Since the Depression, Nonprofit Says
Courtney Buble, Government Executive
“I think that the current crisis makes this the most important and, perhaps, challenging transition since 1932,” resource center director of the Partnership for Public Service says.

Open Data, Analytics, & Data Governance:
What all policy analysts need to know about data science
Alex Engler, Brookings Institution
Excellent resource summarizing the “buzzwords” and their pertinence to governance and policy.

Traffic Data Useful in Monitoring, Planning Around COVID-19
Skip Descant, Government Technology
Movement data pointed to an increase in vehicle activity on Easter Sunday in several U.S. counties. This revelation comes as many states urge residents to avoid nonessential travel to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Lawmakers push for answers on SBA data leak
Mark Rockwell, Derek B. Johnson, FCW
Despite a glitch that made headlines, the Small Business Administration had planned in advance to build tech tools to support legislative mandates for emergency business loans.

Needed to fight COVID-19: A program for data on social determinants of health
Joel Gurin, FedScoop
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s data on COVID-19 cases is an initial basis for tracking and analyzing the spread of COVID-19, but it is not enough.

Open Government & Innovation
Senators want federal innovation centers to help state and local governments
Andrew Eversden, Federal Times
However, red tape prevents the organizations from quickly partnering with state and local governments.

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