Federal News Radio is broadcasting live from the Government Performance Summit June 18 in Washington. Federal Drive co-anchor Emily Kopp conducted interviews on-site.
Jon Desenberg Senior Policy Director Performance Institute
The Data Act winding its way through Congress is designed to increase transparency and accountability for federal agency spending. It borrows much from the reporting set-up established by the 2009 Recovery Act. The Data Act has passed the House and is being debated in the Senate. One watchdog group, the Sunlight Foundation, says the bill packs quite a punch. Part of that punch will ding federal managers responsible for all of the reporting it will require.
Ventris C. Gibson Executive Consultant North Highland Company, former Assistant Administrator for Human Resources, FAA
No matter how strong or weak the economy, there’s always stiff competition for the best workers. The federal government has tidied up the time it takes to hire people. But pay freezes and threatened cuts to benefits might be putting off would-be applications. And yet the government needs to recruit and retain talent as never before.
Carla Grantham Congressional Liaison for Diversity Recruitment Strategies Coast Guard
Federal leaders are emphasizing data as the best way to measure performance. Our next guest says the focus should be on the people, not the facts. Granham says knowledge enables performance. It can help people be agile and succeed in a challenging environment. She joins the Federal Drive to discuss how her theory applies to her work on diversity at the Coast Guard.
How federal managers can weather election-season uncertainty November’s election will alter the landscape in Washington next year, bringing a fresh batch of political appointees, either from a new Republican or returning Obama administration. The best strategy an agency can take in preparing for that change may be to focus on doing business as usual, some experts said in a panel discussion at the summit.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.