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Cross-Agency Priority goals address the longstanding challenge of tackling horizontal problems across vertical organizational silos. 15 Cross-Agency Priority Goals were announced in the 2015 Budget, these include 7 Mission-oriented and 8 Management-focused goals with a four-year time horizon. To establish these goals, OMB solicited nominations from Federal agencies and several Congressional Committees.
To ensure effective leadership and accountability across Federal Government, goals have a named senior leader both within the Executive Office of the President and within key delivery Agencies.
Later this spring, the Goal Leaders will release more detailed action plans for each of their goals including specific metrics and milestones that will be used to gauge progress. To maintain the focus on implementation, each quarter, OMB will review progress on these goals and will update Performance.gov with the latest results.
Mission-Oriented Cross-Agency Priority Goals (Part 1)
Goal 1: Cybersecurity (continuation of an earlier priority goal)
Improve cybersecurity performance through ongoing awareness of information security, vulnerabilities, and threats impacting the operating information environment, ensuring that only authorized users have access to resources and information; and the implementation of technologies and processes that reduce the risk of malware.
Goal 2: Climate Change (continuation of an earlier priority goal)
More than double Federal government consumption of electricity from renewable sources to 20 percent by 2020 (more than double the current goal of 7.5 percent). In addition, improve energy efficiency at Federal facilities as part of the wider strategy to reduce the Federal Government’s (a) direct greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent and (b) indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 13 percent by 2020 (from the 2008 baseline).
Goal 3: Insider Threat and Security Clearance
Mitigate the inherent risks and vulnerabilities posed by personnel with trusted access to government information, facilities, systems, and other personnel. Steps include:
Goal 4: Job-Creating Investment
Improve federal investment tools and resources, while also increasing interagency coordination, to encourage foreign direct investment, spurring job growth. It will do this, in part, by increasing the number of active investment cases touched to encourage business investments.
Goal 5: Infrastructure Permitting Modernization
Modernize the Federal permitting and review process for major infrastructure projects to reduce uncertainty for project applicants, reduce the aggregate time it takes to conduct reviews and make permitting decisions by half, and produce measurably better environmental and community outcomes. This will be done by an existing implementation plan that identifies 4 strategies, 15 reforms, and nearly 100 specific milestones.
Goal 6: STEM Education (continuation of an earlier priority goal)
Improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education by implementing the Federal STEM Education 5-Year Strategic Plan, announced in May 2013, which includes specific strategies and targets.
Goal 7: Service Members and Veterans Mental Health
Improve mental health outcomes for Service Members, Veterans and their Families. Steps include:
Part 2 lists the Management Cross-Agency Priority Goals, and who their leaders are.
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