Accountability and Performance Update – November 15-21, 2021

Biden Administration Details Initial Vision, Three Top Priorities Under President’s Management Agenda

Federal News Network

The Biden administration on Thursday laid out the vision for its President’s Management Agenda, detailing three broad goals and four values that will drive a multi-year, multi-faceted effort throughout the government.

Biden’s Management Agenda Puts Feds Front and Center

Government Executive

The management agenda outlines four strategies for empowering federal employees . . . . [and] every member of the President’s Management Council signed on as an author of the report,

Why Biden’s Presidential Management Agenda is a Big Deal

Government Executive (Don Kettl)

The release of each new administration’s president’s management agenda predictably raises the question, “Is this a big deal?” For the new Biden PMA, the answer is a clear “yes,” in subtle and surprising ways. 

State Highway Performance: Where Does Your State Rank?


A new report by the Reason Foundation ranks state highways on their cost effectiveness. The categories analyzed in the report include such things as spending per mile of highway, administrative costs per mile, the condition of urban and rural pavement, traffic fatalities and deficient bridges.

How New Mexico Has Become a Leader in Evidence-Based Policymaking

Barrett & Greene (Charles Sallee)

New Mexico stands “at the forefront of states engaging in evidence-based policymaking,” according to a Pew Charitable Trusts brief published this year.

Resource of the Week:  Evidence-Building and Evaluation in Government

Kathryn Newcomer and Nick Hart

This new book provides a road map for evaluators doing business within or for government, and public managers who are expected to assess and use evidence generated by a large variety of evaluation approaches. The book provides checklists and how-to guidance to help students and other readers develop skills in important activities such as assessing the quality of evidence claims and developing theories of change.

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