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OMB Guidance: Prepare to SOAR

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 - 13:54
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 13:51
A provision buried in the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 says:  “Each fiscal year, the Office of Management and Budget shall determine whether the agency programs or activities meet performance goals and objectives outlined in the agency performance plans and submit a report on unmet goals . . ” to the agency head, GAO, and various congressional committees (section 1116(f)).

A New Federal Performance Framework

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 - 9:03
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 09:01
Last week, the Office of Management and Budget released its annual technical guidance to agencies regarding how they should submit their budget proposals for fiscal year 2014 for OMB’s review this Fall.  It is referred to in budget circles as “OMB Circular A-11” and is nearly 800 pages in length.  It is typically a synthesis of existing guidance, executive orders, memoranda, etc., and is divided into a series of Parts.

Using Consultations to Make Informed Decisions

Thursday, July 5th, 2012 - 11:35
Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 11:31
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) works for Congress and is a big proponent of performance-informed decision making.  So they’ve written a practical report on how Congress can effectively use performance information produced by federal agencies to make better decisions.  And they’ve illustrated the report with three examples of where congressional committees, over a period of years, used performance information to guide key decisions in diverse areas such as immigration, HIV/AIDs, and improper payments.

Customer Service Bill Is Resurrected

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 - 14:36
Following the customer service initiatives launched by Gore’s reinventing government team in the 1990s, the federal government has waxed and waned on the importance of customer service in the course of serving the public.  Now that citizen satisfaction with government services is under 20 percent, a new law may turbo charge the emphasis if it is passed, since it would tie customer service to employees’ performance ratings. Background

Creating Networks that Work

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 - 14:06
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 13:03
The President’s FY 2013 budget announced the first set of cross-agency priority goals – seven focus on mission-related goals such as doubling the number of U.S. exports by 2014, and seven focus on mission-support goals, such as closing critical skill gaps in the federal workforce.

CAP Goals: A New Government Acronym (Part 2)

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 - 12:35
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 11:31
CAP GOALS FOR MISSION-SUPPORT FUNCTIONS: CAP Goal 8:  Cybersecurity.  Increase federal information system cybersecurity.By 2014, achieve 95 percent utilization of critical administration cybersecurity capabilities on federal information systems, including strong authentication, Trusted Internet Connections (TIC), and Continuous Monitoring. Goal Leader:  Howard A. Schmidt, U.S. Cybersecurity Coordinator.

CAP Goals: A New Government Acronym (Part 1)

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 - 12:54
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 11:48
OMB identified 14 CAP Goals.  Seven focus on mission-related functions.  Seven focus on mission-support.  All reflect existing initiatives but now have a higher profile.

Congressional Oversight of Performance

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 - 11:44
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 10:39
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a set of briefing slides, “Managing for Results:  Opportunities for Congress to Address Government Performance Issues,” which it is using to bring Members of Congress and their staffs up to speed on  the government’s “performance management framework” and how they can use performance information gleaned from agencies to “address challenges facing the federal government.”

Mission-Focused Analytics

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 - 16:01
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 14:53
“It’s like peeling back an onion.  You cry a bit, then peel another layer and cry some more.”  That’s how Michelle Snyder, deputy chief operating officer of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), metaphorically describes the use of powerful data analytic tools.

A Guide to Data-Driven Performance Reviews

Friday, November 18th, 2011 - 12:07
Several federal agencies have responded to the need for data-driven performance reviews by developing an approach that consists of regularly held, structured, data-driven performance review meetings. This is simple in concept. Some elements, such as periodic program review meetings, are common throughout government. The data-driven performance reviews presented in this report reflect such features but add other elements. What are Data-Driven Performance Reviews?
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