Accountability and Performance Update – Mar 13-19, 2023

Auditors: Attack on Auditor Independence in Iowa


The Iowa Senate passed a bill that would effectively neuter the state auditor. If the House approves the bill, the ramifications could be debilitating for the state’s fiscal health.

Legislators: New Bill on Using Evidence in Policymaking


Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., says he will soon introduce legislation that would create a commission on “evidence-based policymaking” within Congress to ensure policymaking is based more on federal data and facts rather than opinions.

Academics: 2023 Marc Holzer Public Performance Symposium (March 24)

National Center for Public Performance/ASPA

This all-day symposium is part of the conclusion of the annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration. Its theme is “the use of performance data in promoting good governance” and includes speakers from around the globe involved in using performance information to make a difference. Register via the ASPA conference site for “symposium only.”

Resource of the Week:  Bernilollo County, NM Office of Operations Excellence

In a community of 675,550 and a budget of $539 million, this is a great example of how a community can create a performance management framework with public transparency. Here’s an interview with office director Maria Zuniga.

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