Accountability and Performance Update – May 3 – 9, 2021

DOD Targets 2028 for First Clean Financial Statement Audit

Federal News Network

Pentagon financial leaders said they’re making meaningful progress toward finally earning a clean audit opinion. So much so, in fact, that they’re now willing to project a tentative timeframe for when it’ll happen: 2028.

Experts Examine Accountability, Transparency Improvements in Government


House lawmakers examined legislative reforms Monday that might help restore public confidence.

White House Seeks Ideas on How Agencies Can Deliver Services More Equitably

Government Executive

The Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday solicited advice to better ensure agency programs are serving groups based specifically on race, sexual orientation and identity, religion, disabilities and others affected by inequality.

Lawmakers Say It’s Past Time OMB Issued IDEA Act Guidance


After two years in limbo and a pandemic forcing more adoption of digital services, House lawmakers want to see real guidance issued in the next 45 days.

Defense Intelligence and Security: DOD Needs to Establish Oversight Expectations and to Develop Tools That Enhance Accountability

U.S. Government Accountability Office

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, created after 9/11, hasn’t set clear expectations for its oversight mission.

Senate Hearing: Findings and Recommendations of the Government Accountability Office on Duplication, Overlap, and Fragmentation of Federal Programs – May 12, 2021

Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Annual release of GAO’s mandated report identifying duplication, overlap and fragmentation in federal programs, and agencies’ progress on addressing prior GAO recommendations to address them.

 Webinar: Data Analytics: Unlocking the Data to Find Hidden Patterns – May 12, 2021

Association of Government Accountants

This webinar explores the use of data analytics to support decisions made by government financial managers.

Policy Insights

JPAL North America

What have we learned from randomized evaluations that policymakers, practitioners, and funders can use to improve social programs? J-PAL’s Policy Insights, organized by sector, highlight lessons emerging across multiple studies and the mechanisms that help explain the results.

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