Congress Clears GPRA Reform
Congress has just approved major changes to the Government Performance and Results Act, pushing for not only better performance from federal agencies and programs, but also better reporting and more transparency.
The measure calls for federal agencies to identify their top priorities, publicly report program results, and identify ineffective and duplicative federal programs.
Each federal agency would designate a Chief Operating Officer and a Performance Improvement Officer with primary responsibility for pursuing cost-savings through the improved analysis and coordination of duplicative programs. These officials would also look at how to better coordinate administrative functions common to every agency, such as purchasing. However, the bill gives no specific direction to agencies on how to conduct any of these assessments.
Agency and governmentwide information relating to performance is to be posted to a new public website on a quarterly basis.
President Obama is expected to sign the legislation, the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010.