Accountability and Performance Update – March 21-27, 2022

The Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP) conducted its Virtual CAP Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.  Prior to Covid-19, these awards would have been presented in person at the ASPA Annual Conference.

The CAP Chair and each of the Award Chairs presented the 2022 Awards as follows:

The Harry Hatry Distinguished Performance Management Practice Award — John M. Kamensky

Richard Greene and Rakesh Mohan, Award Co-Chairs

The Joseph Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award — Sounman Hong

Elaine Lu, Award Chair

The CAP Organizational Leadership Award — The New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee 

Monica Croskey Chaparro and Katherine Barrett, Award Co-Chairs

The CAP Emerging Leaders Award of Excellence — Jaime Lees, Arlington County Government, VA; Rudy de Leon Dinglas, The Johns Hopkins Center for Government Excellence, MD; Haley Kadish, City of Albuquerque, NM; and Tim Moreland, City of Chattanooga, TN.

Michael Jacobson, Award Chair

Congratulations to each of the 2022 CAP Award Recipients for their outstanding contributions and service to their communities and to the field of performance management.  (See “Awards” from the Menu for a more detailed Summary of the 2022 CAP Awards)


Senate Bill Aims to Improve Federal Coordination with States and Localities

New legislation sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, would require two federal entities, the Office of Management and Budget and the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, to develop a strategic plan to increase coordination between the federal government and state, local and tribal governments.

Managing for Motivation as a Public Performance Improvement Strategy

Center for International Development, Harvard University (Dan Honig)

People management has an important role to play in improving public agency performance. This paper argues that a ‘Route Y’ managerial approach focused on supporting the empowered exercise of employee judgment will in many circumstances prove superior to conventional reform approaches steeped in ‘Route X’ monitoring and incentives. Returns to Route Y are greater when employees are or can become more “mission motivated” – that is, aligned with the goals of the agency in the absence of monitoring and extrinsic incentives.

Data Literacy for the Public Sector: Lessons from Early Pioneers in the U.S.

Data Foundation

Looking across the ten pioneers discussed in this report, nine key lessons emerged that are relevant for government agencies as they design data literacy capacity and programs.

Resource of the Week:  ARP Data and Evidence Dashboard (Results for America)

The American Rescue Plan includes a $350 billion investment in states and localities to make key investments in people and infrastructure. How is that money being spent by more than 19,000 units of government? The US Treasury requires recipient reports on plans and uses . This dashboard summarizes and displays data from more than 200 publicly available Recovery Plan Performance Reports from states and large localities.

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