Accountability and Performance Update – August 2 – 8, 2021

Updated OMB Budget & Performance Guidance

U.S. Office of Management and Budget

Annual updated budget and performance guidance to agencies, A-11, released for preparing their FY 2023 budget submissions (drafts due to OMB on September 13). Includes new section (in Part 6 – Federal Performance Framework for Improving Program and Service Delivery) on how agencies need to develop equity action plans by January 20, 2022.

Study to Identify Methods to Assess Equity: Report to the President

U.S. Office of Management and Budget

This report recommends that agency equity assessments be conducted by assembling cross-functional agency equity teams. . . with expertise in evaluation, data science, information technology, program integrity, financial management, acquisition, human resources, and other operational functions.

Tools of Control? Comparing Congressional and Presidential Performance Management Reforms

Public Administration Review (Alexander Kroll, Donald Moynihan)

Article examines claim that the president has a stronger interest in an effective bureaucracy than does Congress. It examines multiple waves of performance management reform, beginning with the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993.

Trust and Collaboration Kept Cities Afloat During the Pandemic

What Works Cities

How data-driven cities maintained momentum, delivered results, and achieved certification as a “What Works Cities.”

Climate-Forward Government: Seven Lessons for Effective Climate Action

Deloitte Insights

We cannot tackle the 21st century imperatives of climate change with 20th century solutions. Bolder actions and a whole-of-government approach are needed.

How Strategic Foresight Can Help Create Forward-Looking Public Policies


Five lessons for aspiring government foresight practitioners from a scenarios process examining the future of global collaboration

ASPA-CAP Webinar: Trust: A Powerful Tool for Public Servants (August 12 – 1 p.m., Eastern)

Achieving accountability and performance in the public sector rests on trust—that is, trust between the public and public servants, as well as among public servants. Panelists for this webinar will discuss the importance of building and nurturing trust.

Webinar: Meaningful Measurement (August 17)

Centre for Public Impact

Beyond registration for the webinar, this link collates a wide range of materials exploring Meaningful Measurement. Scroll down to explore.

Resource of the Week:  Data Quality Campaign

The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is the nation’s leading voice on education data policy and use. Our mission is to advocate to change the role of data in education so that every student is not only counted, but counts.

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