The 6 Ways Government Needs to Improve Performance Management

April 16, 2013

Looking for an overview guide to understanding how the federal government goes about managing the performance of its many goals, missions, and programs?  Here it is!
 
The President’s fiscal year 2014 budget was released last week and emphasizes the creation of “a culture of performance improvement.”  This is also the theme of a new  IBM Center report, by University of Wisconsin professor Donald Moynihan who is a close observer of the international performance movement. It 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).  In addition, he describes recent progress in achieving meaningful performance results within targeted programs, as well as anticipated future changes that will occur over the next few years as a result of the new requirements of the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, which significantly amended the earlier law.  His bottom line:  the culture of performance improvement is more important than the compliance with many procedural requirements. 
 

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