Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 2-15

Open Data, Analytics, & Data Governance
Federal Data Strategy team extends target dates, prioritizes coronavirus response data
Dave Nyczepir, FedScoop
The Federal Data Strategy team is extending target dates in its 2020 action plan as agencies focus on “mission-critical” activities and minimize face-to-face interactions in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

How agencies can master their data to deliver better services
Sherry Bennett and Michael Anderson, FedScoop
Deadlines to meet the Federal Data Strategy 2020 Action Plan are approaching quickly. Federal agencies must prioritize actions to establish processes, build capacity and align efforts that leverage their data to better serve the public. The first step of the action plan requires federal leaders to identify the agency’s data needs by September 2020.

Data sharing and COVID-19
Lia Russell, FCW
As the federal government has had to adapt to the new normal of working remotely since the coronavirus shuttered office doors, a number of agencies have prioritized public data sharing in an effort to collaborate on response and recovery efforts.

How Virginia Juked Its COVID-19 Data
Alexis C. Madrigal and Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic Magazine
The state is combining results from viral and antibody tests in the same statistic. This threatens to confound America’s understanding of the pandemic.

Pentagon Wants Better Data For Its Predictive Aircraft Maintenance AI
Frank Konkel, NextGov
The Pentagon’s AI center is looking to break through past challenges it has faced advancing predictive maintenance among select aircraft.

Open Government & Innovation
Free training available to become coronavirus contact tracer
Tom Temin, Federal Drive, Federal News Network
State and local health agencies are offering free training for anyone who wants to become what’s known as a COVID-19 contact tracer. The training program is organized through two organizations — the National Coalition of STD Directors and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

VA Exploring Options for a Grand Challenge to Prevent Suicide
Brandi Vincent, NextGov
The agency is looking for a contractor to help run a possible multi-phase competition, including outreach and potentially raising private-sector funds for the prizes.

Customer Service
Improving Customer Experience in the Wake of COVID-19
Scott Straub, NextGov
During a crisis when it is most important to provide an experience that gives customers confidence in their government.

Pandemic Response, Oversight, Continuity of Operations, and Telework
SBA shows dangers of fast rule-making
Tom Temin, Federal News Network
The SBA Inspector General came out with a report on the loans authorized by the CARES Act that the seven “interim final rules” mostly aligned with the Act.

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