OMB Details Agency Obligations Under Government Performance Act
August 19, 2011
Chief operating officers must "redouble their efforts to cut waste" as they lead their agency's efforts to set priority goals required by the 2010 update of the Government Performance and Results Act, according to an Office and Management and Budget memo.
"The challenges we face today demand that, now more than ever, every federal employee must serve as a careful steward of taxpayer dollars," wrote OMB Director Jacob Lew and Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients in a directive titled "Delivering an Efficient, Effective and Accountable Government."
They noted that the chief operating officers and chief performance officers at every agency are tasked under the law with setting priority goals, designating a senior official responsible for each goal, and providing quarterly reviews of progress and cost reductions.