Government Performance System
July 8, 2009 at 10:13 am #75390
Have cross-posted to Government Leaders Group
A recent report released by Accenture, the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI) and OMB Watch.
Building a Better Government Performance System
Recommendations to the Obama Addministration
“It’s crucially important we revamp and revise [performance measurement systems] in consultation with agencies and Congress.”1 – OMB Director Peter Orszag
The reform and enhancement of current performance systems will be integral to the Obama administration’s effort to enact major changes in the federal government and throughout the country. Without a system supported by a variety of stakeholders that has the capacity to identify and then communicate progress on major initiatives and the programs and projects used to enact those initiatives, the broad goals and vision articulated during the 2008 presidential campaign and at the beginning of the administration will fall short.
While a variety of stakeholders may have conflicting views on the importance of various government programs, the public is entitled to know the goals of those programs, how they are performing, and have access to government performance data. This information is crucial not only to federal program managers and OMB staff, but to all who are involved in the implementation of and debate about government programs and services.
Government performance systems offer the unique opportunity to involve a variety of players in a conversation about not only priorities, competing expectations, and how well government is working, but how to make its programs and services work better, be more equitable, and be more responsive to diverse needs. These systems are of paramount importance to improving government, to responding to societal inequities, and perhaps most importantly, to rebuilding our faith in achieving success together through government.
In order to do this, current performance systems will need to undergo significant reforms in order to open up internal compliance-based review processes that typically result in static ratings to a more dynamic conversation about continually improving performance.
This report is grouped into six main topic sections (Reforming PART and GPRA, Promoting Leadership and Accountability, Fostering Policy Innovation and Ownership with Positive Reinforcement, Balancing the Roles of OMB and Agencies, Engaging outside Stakeholders, and Improving Data) that detail reforms and improvements that can be made to current systems used by the federal government. No one topic is more or less important than the others, and many overlap and intertwine in a variety of ways. Therefore, a comprehensive overhaul that incorporates changes in each of these areas is crucial to ensuring the creation of a new government performance system is fair, effective, and widely used.
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