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Weekly Round-up: April 14, 2011

Gadi Ben-Yehuda

John Kamensky

  • Performance Improvement Officers Key to Action. A survey released by the Partnership for Public Service, “A Critical Role at a Critical Time,” highlights the role of a relatively new agency position — performance improvement officers — in improving agency performance. Government Executive summed it up: “Federal Improvement Officers Stretched Too Thin, Study Says.” The Partnership held a forum to release the report and one performance officer said the job is like “solving a simultaneous equation.”
  • GAO Validates OMB Approach to IT Oversight. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has been touting the effectiveness of the governmentwide dashboard and TechStat review process for IT investments, testifying that the effort has saved $3 billion in recent months. Interestingly, GAO has released a new report “Information Technology: Continued Improvements in Investment Oversight and Management Can Yield Billions in Savings” that validates Kundra’s efforts (with the usual caveat that more could be done!).
  • 100 Down, 700 to Go. Federal Times reports that the governmentwide effort to consolidate data centers from 2,094 to 1,294 is making progress. One hundred are to be closed this year, and the remaining 700 by 2015. But is this enough? In 1998, there were 432 data centers. Only the data center consolidation task force knows for sure!
  • OMB Guidance Implementing the Plain Language Act. It’s out, and it’s clear!! Who is your agency’s Senior Official for Plain Writing?
  • Updated List of Agency High Priority Performance Goals. First listed in the FY 2011 budget, agency high priority performance goals have been fine-tuned. Here’s a link, so if someone asks what your agency’s priority goals are, you have a crib sheet!

Dan Chenok

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