Accountability and Performance Update – May 17 – 23, 2021

Senators Seek to Get Pentagon to Achieve a Clean Audit

Government Executive

A bipartisan bill would penalize the Defense Department for failing its FY 2022 audit.

Do Federal Grants Need Tweaking for Better Results?

Federal News Network

Shelley Metzenbaum offers a detailed plan for how government might get better outcomes for the grant dollars it gives. 

Questions Loom for States, Localities About How to Spend Billions in Covid Relief Funds

Route Fifty

Federal and policy experts told city officials that governments that lost revenue during the pandemic have greater flexibility for using the American Rescue Plan money.

From Rescue to Resilience: How American Rescue Plan Funding Can Support Long-Term Fiscal Health


Andrew Kleine describes ten ways state and local governments can use their Covid relief funding to become more fiscally sustainable for the long term.

Five Best Practices for Strategic Planning

Partnership for Public Service

To help agencies develop their 2022-2026 strategic plans, the Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton are hosting a three-part workshop series with strategic planners from across the federal government. 

Biden’s DOD Will Huddle About How to Replace CMO Position

Federal News Network

The Pentagon is preparing for its future without a chief management officer position, a role Congress eliminated in this year’s defense authorization act.

Justice Department Launches New COVID-19 Fraud Task Force

Government Executive

President Biden has been encouraging strong oversight of relief funds.

Pedestrians and Cyclists: Better Information to States and Enhanced Performance Management Could Help DOT Improve Safety

Government Accountability Office

While a DOT guide has useful information on a range of pedestrian and cyclist safety countermeasures, only 3 of 26 countermeasures were demonstrated to be effective.

Executive Order on Climate-Related Financial Risk

White House

Develop, within 120 days of the date of this order, a comprehensive, Government-wide strategy regarding the measurement, assessment, mitigation, and disclosure of climate-related financial risk to Federal Government programs, assets, and liabilities in order to increase the long-term stability of Federal operations.

Funding Performance: How Great Donors Invest in Grantee Success

Leap Ambassadors

While these 8 essays are directed to nonprofits and foundation funders, their principles can be applied to government grant programs as well.

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