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NEW TODAY: Agencies Release Results of Shifting from Low-Value to High Value Work (CAP Goal)
Today, we released an update detailing progress made toward a leaner government for the American people. As part of the Shifting from Low-Value to High-Value Work CAP Goal, agencies are shifting resources from outdated and redundant requirements and processes to accomplishing mission outcomes. They’ve delivered results, reporting more than 100 initiatives, that collectively represent billions of dollars in realized and anticipated savings and hundreds of thousands of Full-Time Equivalent hours shifted to higher-value work.
The image on the right, "Leaner Government," showcases the front page of the update.
One example of the type of agency initiatives reported.
GEAR Center Challenge Winners
In September, GSA and OMB awarded almost $1,000,000 to three cross-sector, multi-disciplinary teams through the GEAR Center Challenge. The GEAR Center is intended to bring together experts across sectors in order to take a creative, data-driven, and interdisciplinary approach to co-create new solutions for how citizens and government interact. The GEAR Center can help government catch up to the private-sector services and capabilities and lay the groundwork for where our operations and services need to be in five, 10, or 20 years.
Each of the three grand prize-winning teams received an award of $300,000. The winning projects include collaborations focused on recruiting, hiring and retaining neurodiverse individuals for cyber positions, better integrating data to measure the impact of jointly-delivered workforce, education, and human services programs, and increasing the skills of the Federal workforce to use data and evidence.
Here's a round-up of what people were saying in the news and on social media!
This map depicts each GEAR Center Challenge Winner.
CIO.gov Gets a Refresh!
We re-launched CIO.gov on September 27th to improve user experience and reorganize from a customer-first perspective. Most notably, the new site includes:
- A fresh use of US Web Design System and Federalist templates;
- New BETA Policy & Priority Catalog to browse CIO Council priorities; and
- A more organized, living Resource Library, filterable by technology topic.
Read more about what’s new on the site by Federal CIO, Suzette Kent.
Welcoming the Chief Data Officer Council and the Evaluation Officer Council
This fall we are welcoming two new cross-government councils to our team. Chief Data Officers, Evaluation Officers, and Statistical Officials were established under the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, and together will oversee the use of data and evidence-building activities in agencies. New Statistical Officials will join the existing Interagency Council for Statistical Policy, managed by OMB.
The Evaluation Officer Council will help agencies build their evaluation capacity by advising on what skills and approaches are needed to determine what works and what needs improvement in government. When done correctly, rigorous evaluation should inform Federal policy, programmatic, regulatory, and budget decisions.
The Chief Data Officer Council will establish government-wide best practices to ensure the Federal Government can truly harness data as a strategic asset to grow the economy, increase the effectiveness of the Federal Government, facilitate oversight, and promote transparency. Because it shares responsibilities with other government-wide councils that conduct statutory data-related activities, it will often work in coordination with other councils.
Federal Customer Experience (CX)
In September, for the first time, Federal programs shared their plans to improve the way they interact with and serve their customers. The new Federal Customer Experience (CX) page on Performance.gov connects the public to CX feedback data, operational data, and digital analytics program data to increase the transparency and accountability of 25 of the government’s High Impact Service Providers (HISPs). Learn more about the significance of these programs in our HISP Highlights.
Last month, we published updates for both Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals and Agency Priority Goals (APGs) for the third quarter of FY 2019. Read our blog post, September 2019 Updates Show Progress on Cross-Agency and Agency Priority Goals, for more information.
Fed Fashion Week 2019
The Performance.gov team partnered with federal agencies to feature public servants and showcase their uniforms and the services they provide for the American people. Originally shared on Twitter, the campaign highlighted the timeless classic that never goes out of style -- a public servant’s passion for their work. Check out the full fashion lineup!
An example of one of the many great styles from Fed Fashion Week 2019!
White House Leadership Development Program (WHLDP)
WHLDP Fellows graduated on September 26, 2019, from a year-long program for high-performing GS-15 employees that focuses on developing enterprise leadership skills, working across functional areas, and leveraging networks to drive collaboration and results. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy and OMB Deputy Director for Management Margaret Weichert shared inspiring words on the fellows’ commitment to public service and their positive impact on Cross-Agency Priority Goals. For more information on the WHLDP and this year’s graduating class visit the website.
WHLDP graduates enjoy sweets after their ceremony.
CXO Leadership Development Program (CXO)
In September, the latest class of CXO fellows graduated from the year-long development program, which focuses on providing opportunities for the next generation of federal leaders in acquisitions, finance, human capital, and information technology. For more information on the CXO Fellowship, visit the website.
President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition
Tomorrow is the last day to register for the individual President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition! The President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition is a national cyber competition which aims to identify, recognize, and reward the best cybersecurity talent in the federal executive workforce. Hosting challenges from across the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Framework, competitors will face a diverse array of challenges and will require an extensive skill set to succeed.
Building Effective Collaborations - 11/8/19
Do you want to build your collaboration skills? Join GSA’s Office of Shared Solutions and Performance Improvement for the Building Effective Collaborations workshop on November 8, 2019 to learn tips and tricks on how to collaborate better with your colleagues! Registration is now open and all federal employees are encouraged to join.
2019 Shared Services Summit - 11/14/19
The 2019 Shared Services Summit will bring together leaders in the federal CXO community (acquisition, financial, HR, IT and performance) to discuss common opportunities and challenges with shared-services implementation efforts. The agenda topics include PMA/CAP Goals, Quality Service Management Offices (QSMOs), Government Modernization, Shared Services Operating Models, and Stakeholder Engagement. The event is free for government employees and registration is now open.
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