Accountability and Performance Update – January 9-22, 2021

Performance & Management

Restore Program Performance Data to the President’s Budget

Jed Herrmann and Shelley Metzenbaum, Government Executive

The Trump Administration’s guidance to remove the data from the president’s budget is counterproductive—federal agencies should be increasing their use of performance information to improve results.

Open Data and Analytics

What Is a Margin of Error? This Statistical Tool Can Help You Understand Vaccine Trials and Political Polling

Ofer Harel, Government Executive

Whether you are predicting the outcome of an election or studying how effective a new drug is, there will always be some uncertainty. A margin of error is how statisticians measure that uncertainty.

Data scientist hiring campaign maxes out applications in less than 2 days

Jory Heckman, Federal News Network

Ten agencies put out the call to hire program analysts at the GS-13 and 14 levels with at least a year’s worth of prior experience.

Open data: A critical tool for police reform and racial equity

Temilola Afolabi and Paul Kuhne, FedScoop

As the incoming Biden administration tackles police reform, open and transparent data can be one of its most important tools for progress.

Three critical steps to fast-track agency digital transformation, data management

Michael Coene, Federal News Network

Tomorrow’s data architecture needs to support the range of locations wherever work happens and data flows – the edge, the data center core and the cloud. It involves a three-pronged approach.

Intelligence community is calling on AI to ease work on analysts

Scott Maucione, Federal News Network

The intelligence community awarded four contracts to build out a program that will allow artificial intelligence to tag and track satellite images.

Innovation & Open Government

Innovation among feds is alive and well

Steve Kelman, FCW

Steve Kelman shares some survey data on how career executives see innovation in their agencies.

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