GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 3

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GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 3

Monday, January 10th, 2011 - 11:35
Monday, January 10, 2011 - 10:27
The new law revises agency annual performance planning requirements under GPRA by requiring a link between the performance goals in the annual plan with the goals in their strategic plans. The plans also must describe the strategies and resources agencies will use, and requires the plans to cover a 2-year, rather than a 1-year period.

Agency Annual Performance Plans.  The Senate committee report notes:  “GPRA requires executive agencies to develop annual performance plans covering each program activity in the agencies’ budgets.”

It continues, noting that the new law:

 “. . . requires an agency to describe how the performance goals contained in its performance plan contribute to the goals and objectives established in the agency’s strategic plan, as well as any overall federal government performance goals. Additionally, this legislation requires that an agency’s performance plan cover a two-year period, including both the current fiscal year and the next one. Under existing law, an agency’s performance plan is only required to cover the next fiscal year.”

The new law requires agencies to provide a clear description of the strategies and resources they intend to use to implement their plan.  According to the Senate committee report, it:

 “. . . .requires an agency to provide additional information about how the agency plans to achieve its performance goals by identifying clearly defined milestones, the agency officials responsible for ensuring each goal is achieved, and the program activities, regulations, policies and other activities that support each goal.”

The committee report continues, noting:  “This legislation also requires the agency to post its performance plan on the agency website concurrent with the submission of the budget for the United States Government.”

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