Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 16-22

GAO Sees Progress but More Opportunity for Improving Efficiency
Federal agencies have made substantial progress toward addressing fragmentation, duplication and overlap in their programs, GAO has said, although its latest annual report also cites 18 new areas where such problems exist and adds recommendations for actions on previous ones that have not been resolved.

Open Data, Analytics, & Data Governance
State and Federal Data on COVID-19 Testing Don’t Match Up
Robinson Meyer and Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic (crossposted to GovExec)
Illustrating the complexity of managing national data from decentralized sources, CDC has started releasing nationwide numbers but they contradict what states themselves are reporting.

Select data centers should specialize in shared services, says director of consolidation effort
Dave Nyczepir, FedScoop
Select data centers across the U.S. should provide governmentwide shared services like archiving or mainframe-as-a-service, according to the director of the General Services Administration’s consolidation initiative.

Data is the Army’s secret weapon to winning the battle for talent
Kevin McCaney, Federal News Network
There are a lot of moving parts to the service’s talent management initiative, but a consistent thread is its use of data in assessing the talent the Army needs and in how soldiers and civilians should be deployed.

TSA makes data a top priority for detecting insider threats
Dave Nyczepir, FedScoop
The Transportation Security Administration is prioritizing the use of data to detect insider threats to the transportation system, under a roadmap released Thursday.

Open Government & Innovation
NASA wants to hack its way against coronavirus
Tom Temin, Federal News Network
For nine years, thinkers at NASA’s science mission has been inviting software coders and scientists to an annual hackathon aimed at helping out with real-world problems. This year, there’s an early, extra edition aimed at coronavirus.

Pandemic Response and Oversight
What will work look like going forward? The federal CIO outlines possible changes
Andrew Eversden, Federal Times
Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent said that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will leave the federal government “rethinking” many processes that were once required to occur in person.

HHS gauges industry’s appetite for sharing data on medical supply availability
Dave Nyczepir, FedScoop
The Department of Health and Human Services wants to know if industry can feasibly share information through a “supply chain IT control tower” to allow for real-time visibility across the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) of medical supplies.

Could the pandemic force the intelligence community to reconsider workplace flexibilities?
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Network
“When we get back to normal, there is not going to be the normal we knew of pre-Covid,” Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said last week on a webinar. “We’ve been able to identify the fact that we are just as successful, with some exceptions, with people working at home than we were before.”

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