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The Obama administration's legacy over the past four years consists of major wins, missed opportunities and large scale busts. In the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, Federal News Radio evaluates 23 initiatives behind which the administration flexed its performance and management muscle. In our special week-long multimedia series, we review how well the administration was able to go from concept to strategy to implementation to success in the areas of management, technology, workforce and acquisition.
More progress needed on Obama's performance management agenda
Monday - 9/17/2012, 3:32am EDT
As part of Federal News Radio's special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years. Throughout the series, Federal News Radio examines 23 different ideas and initiatives instituted by the Obama Administration and ranks them as effective, ineffective and more progress needed.
When it comes to the President's performance management agenda, Federal News Radio believes more progress is needed.
|Why the Performance Mngt.
Agenda was rated More Progress Needed
Reason #1: Agency high priority goals reviewed
Reason #2: GPRA Modernization Act passed
Reason #3: Performance.gov launched almost a year after it was promised. Data sporadically updated.
(More primary source material available on The Obama Impact Resource Page)
The administration told agencies to establish three to eight high-priority goals in 2009 with the idea to encourage agencies to achieve measurable change in 12-to-24 months. Along the way, the Office of Management and Budget measured quarterly progress toward those goals.
Federal News Radio conducted a review of the progress of each agency's priority goals and found data sparse or non-existent and none of it conformed to a standard report or scorecard. The performance data is inconsistent and not transparent because of the assorted ways agencies present it in their annual accountability reports to Congress.
While performance metrics on specific agency goals seem to be uneven, the administration's commitment to holding managers accountable for progress is strong. The Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 requires agencies to improve performance measurement and remove duplicative programs.
OMB launched Performance.gov to highlight accountability, responsiveness, innovation and efficiency. But the administration delivered the website almost a year after it was promised and updates to the site have been irregular over the last year. Data on contracting savings within the acquisition section contains 2010 data, the acquisition workforce section and finance section have 2011 data, while the human resources section contains 2012 data.
On the positive side, there is a concentrated focus on data-driven reviews: TechStat, AcqStat, and CyberStat are governmentwide, while HUDStat, FEMAStat and FDA-Track are agency specific goals.
All of this data is part of an unprecedented effort to feed data into dashboards, making it easier for Congress, the public and industry to find and understand how much progress departments are making.
More from the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years