A New Federal Performance Framework


A New Federal Performance Framework

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 - 11:41
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Staff from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have been visiting agencies in recent weeks to explain a new performance framework they have developed for the federal government.

The framework is based on recent legislative changes and is embedded in OMB Circular A-11, OMB’s guidance to agencies on how they should prepare their budget requests for fiscal year 2014.

The new guidance provides a multi-year, phased roadmap for implementing the performance framework, which will significantly influence agency headquarters activities (see figure below). If agencies implement the framework properly, its influence should filter down to program-level activities in coming years as well.

I offer a high-level preview of what agencies should expect to see over the next few years. It focuses on:

  • The revised strategic and annual planning processes
  • The new strategic objective review process
  • The new reporting process via Performance.gov
  • Efforts to balance the need for compliance and process vs. setting priorities and making decisions

There are a number of other elements in the guidance that address additional requirements in the new law, read more.

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