GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 7

Friday, January 14th, 2011 - 11:04
Friday, January 14, 2011 - 09:48
Governance of Overall Performance System.  After the original GPRA was adopted in 1993, President Clinton designated the deputy secretaries as their department’s “chief operating officers” responsible for overall management and performance issues, and this was continued by subsequent administrations.  President George W.

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 6

Thursday, January 13th, 2011 - 10:43
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Federal Priority Goal Reviews.  According to the Senate committee report, the new law:  “attempts to lay out a process for reviewing progress towards the federal government priority goals on, at minimum, a quarterly basis. For each federal government priority goal, the Director of OMB should review the progress achieved during the most recent quarter and the likelihood of meeting the performance target.

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 5

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - 13:22
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The original GPRA requires OMB to develop a governmentwide annual performance plan.  OMB chose to designate the President’s budget as meeting that requirement.   Separately, GAO’s 2004 report recommended a governmentwide strategic plan, but OMB saw that as infeasible.  The new law attempts another approach.

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 4

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 - 10:53
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Agency Performance Updates.  According to the Senate committee report, the new law:

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 3

Monday, January 10th, 2011 - 11:35
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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:

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 2

Friday, January 7th, 2011 - 9:50
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Agency Strategic Plans.  According to the Senate committee report accompanying the new law:

GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 Explained: Part 1

Thursday, January 6th, 2011 - 10:46
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Background.  Congress recently passed – and President Obama just signed -- legislation updating the nearly 20-year-old Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).  This update effort started several years ago through the efforts of Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) then evolved more recently with support from Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and

Inducement Prizes, Contests, and Challenge Awards

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 - 10:41
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 09:36
Why?  Because prizes are effective.  Under the right circumstances, they can be more effective than traditional investments in research and development. Lowery says: “After falling out of favor for decades, such high-publicity, fat-reward contest came into vogue again in the aughts in the wake of the 1996 Ansari X Prize for advances in commercial spaceflight” which Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne won in 2004.

Our Top 10 Most-Read Blog Posts in 2010!

Friday, December 31st, 2010 - 16:58
Friday, December 31, 2010 - 15:51
1.      Congress Hits Refresh Button on the Results Act (October 5, 2010) Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) summarized the need for a refresh when he introduced his bill with bipartisan support:  "Producing information does not by itself improve performance and experts from both sides of the aisle agree that the solutions developed in 1993 have not worked.”

Expert Net: Trolling for New Ideas

Thursday, December 30th, 2010 - 17:10
Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 16:06
Earlier this month, the White House announced that it is seeking public input on “a design concept for a government-wide software tool and process to elicit expert public participation.”  The announcement says that the government is looking to expand its traditional approaches of getting citizen input – announcements in the Federal Register and the use of Advisory Committees –