The New Federal Performance System

 

The New Federal Performance System

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This newsletter features our new report, "The New Federal Performance System: Implementing the GPRA Modernization Act" by Donald Moynihan. Professor Moynihan first describes the evolution of the federal performance management system over the past 20 years since the passage of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA). He then offers six recommendations that emphasize actions that can be taken to ensure that the new system improves performance as agencies implement the requirements of the new law. Additionally, we recently filmed a video that summarizes our report, "Implementing Cross-Agency Collaboration: A Guide for Federal Managers." We hope you find these materials of interest.

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The New Federal Performance System: Implementing the GPRA Modernization Act

Author: Donald Moynihan

This report grew out of a December 2012 forum on the future of the federal performance management system. Participants represented a wide range of stakeholders and perspectives in the system, including key staff members from the Office of Management and Budget, Congress, and federal agencies. Participants discussed their perspectives and insights on key components of the Modernization Act, including strategic planning, program management, program evaluation, financial and performance reporting, and budgeting.

A significant challenge uncovered by forum participants was the need to ensure that the many procedural requirements in the new law do not overwhelm federal agencies in such a way that agency leaders focus on compliance rather than on improving performance. In response to these challenges and related research conducted by Dr. Moynihan and others, the report offers six recommenda­tions that emphasize actions that can be taken to ensure that the new system improves performance as agencies implement the requirements of the new law.

You can order free copies of this report and/or download this report.

 

Cross Agency CollaborationImplementing Cross-Agency Collaboration: A Guide for Federal Managers

This Center recently produced a video summary of this report by author Jane Fountain. Federal agencies and academics have long discussed the importance of cross-agency collaboration. But recent changes in law and advances in technology have led to a new environment that makes cross-agency management far more achievable. This report provides useful insights into how the government can proceed in creating effective cross-agency collaborations that can improve outcomes significantly. Watch the Video.

 

 

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