Accountability and Performance Weekly – September 19-October 23, 2020

Performance & Management

Coming Soon: A Short Window for Improving Federal Agencies’ Performance

Andrew Feldman & Kathy Stack, Government Executive

For career executives, the time between the presidential election and the inauguration is an opportunity to use evidence and data to advise incoming political appointees on what works and what doesn’t.

Innovation In Government: What the Transition Teams Should Understand

John Kamensky, Government Executive

To get things done in the executive branch, it helps to have a solid plan.

Pay for performance may not work as well for federal workforce

Tom Temin, Federal News Network

The idea of pay for performance has appeal in the federal workplace. The superior performers get rewarded for superior work, thereby helping keep the federal workforce strong and engaged. But is it true? A professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, Bob Tobias joined to discuss.

Agencies are rethinking performance management in the pandemic era too

Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Network

Since managers can no longer simply glance over their shoulders and check what their employees are looking at their computer screens, it means they must use specific outcomes as a benchmark of their workers’ performance.

Has the government done a good enough job updating itself?

Tom Temin, Federal Drive

Citizens deeply doubt whether government can deliver on basic promises, basic functions. A related problem is the seemingly diminishing sense of good governance – is the government continuously improving its own processes and competence? Now a book of essays by some well known good government voices offers a long list of ideas for improving things. 

Reforming Agencies to be Ready for the Future

Howard Risher, Government Executive

Former Comptroller General David Walker makes a strong case for transforming federal personnel systems to stress values of accountability, integrity and reliability.

Open Data, Analytics, & Data Governance

Data Coalition makes 10 data recommendations for next White House

Dave Nyczepir, FedScoop

The Data Coalition urged the next White House to improve government’s use of data to address challenges like the coronavirus pandemic, as the group released 10 recommendations for the transition Tuesday.

People Want Data Privacy but Don’t Always Know What They’re Getting

Gabriel Kaptchuk, Elissa M. Redmiles, and Rachel Cummings, NextGov

Differential privacy has recently emerged as a leading technique and is being rapidly adopted.

Solving the Army’s data talent problem

Lauren C. Williams, FCW

The Army needs to develop specific skill sets and retool or retrain existing workforce, said Mark Gorak, the director of people analytics for the Assistant Secretary of the Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

Agencies Are Not Ready for the Data Tsunami, Report Indicates

Phil Goldstein, FedTech

A recent report from data analytics firm Splunk reveals the challenges public sector agencies face in managing the coming onslaught of data growth.

DOD releases long-awaited data strategy

Lauren C. Williams, FCW

The 14-page document released Oct. 8 outlines the basis for what will become the DOD’s data commandments to apply to “the entire Department of Defense, and its data, on whichever systems that information resides.”

What, exactly, is a U.S. CTO?

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier, FedScoop

With the advent of the U.S. Chief Technology Officer position in 2009, the concept of digital technology got some prime real estate within the White House and, more broadly, the federal government. But what it means to be the CTO of a country like the United States wasn’t immediately clear.

Pandemic Response, Oversight, Continuity of Operations, and Telework

PRAC builds data transparency to create ‘citizen watchdogs’ for pandemic fraud

Jory Heckman, Federal News Network

To oversee about $3 trillion in spending, Robert Westbrooks, the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee’s executive director, said the committee’s goal is to empower as many “citizen watchdogs” who can scrutinize the data and provide feedback to the committee — as well as provide leads on fraud, waste and abuse.

Trump Administration Develops Governmentwide Office Reopening Guidelines, With Contractor Help

Eric Katz, Government Executive

Masks, distancing and sensors to track employee movement are all part of GSA’s non-binding coronavirus recommendations.

Telework doesn’t suit every worker personality, environment

Tom Temin, Federal News Network

Teleworking has some serious financial, career and social challenges, according to Dr. Kati Peditto. She’s assistant professor of human factors in the department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and she joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.

Customer Service

More County Governments Are Using Chatbots — Here’s How

Ben Miller, Government Technology

Survey data shows that most U.S. counties are either already using chatbots or plan to soon. The COVID-19 pandemic is a big reason why, but their flexibility means they’re also serving other purposes.

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