Target Practice: A Column by Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene

Monday, February 21st, 2011 - 10:37
Of course, targets can be used as incentives or as punitive measures or both. David Mamet’s film, Glengarry Glen Ross, comes immediately to mind as an over-the-top example.  For those who haven’t seen the film, it’s the story of struggling real estate salesmen who are  told that the individual who had the best numbers would win a car; number two would get a set of steak knives and the rest would be fired on the spot.

Naming the New GPRA

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 - 13:53
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 12:50
 1.      GPRA 2.0 (highest number of votes, but it’ll be so retro in 10-15 years!) 2.      Other (a close second, but with many options) a.       GPRMA b.      GPRA 2010 c.       GPRA II d.      GPRA Plus e.       Better Results

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 8

Monday, January 17th, 2011 - 10:00
Monday, January 17, 2011 - 08:50
Other Implementation Provisions.  The new law contains a number of other implementation provisions worth highlighting:

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
Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 09:38
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
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 12:12
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
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 09:46
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
Monday, January 10, 2011 - 10:27
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
Friday, January 7, 2011 - 08:36
Agency Strategic Plans.  According to the Senate committee report accompanying the new law:

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.”