Delivering an Efficient, Effective, & Accountable Government

June 17, 2011 § 2 Comments

On June 13, 2011, President Barack Obama released the Executive Order “Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government,” with the goal of increasing the American public’s trust in government. Through the implementation of the Executive Order, the Administration hopes to reinforce the performance and management reform gains achieved thus far, identify additional reforms to eliminate inefficient programs, and publicize reforms so they serve as a model across the government. As part of the Executive Order, the President reinforces the tenets of the September 2010 Accountable Government Initiative and establishes the Government Accountability and Transparency Board.

Accountable Government Initiative

The Accountable Government Initiative was introduced by the Administration to monitor and promote agency progress in making the federal government work more efficiently. To hold agencies accountable for this, the Executive Order directs the Vice President to hold periodic meetings with Cabinet members and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to gain insight into improvements being implemented.

In addition, the Executive Order calls for the following key officials to take actions to help achieve the goals of the Accountable Government Initiative and Executive Order:

  • Chief Performance Officer (CPO): Work with the President’s Management Council (PMC) to support agencies’ performance and management reform and cost cutting efforts, including working with OMB and PMC to identify practices that should be adopted across agencies and facilitating reforms that require cross-agency collaboration as well as working with agencies to ensure each area identified for performance improvement has robust performance metrics
  • Chief Operating Officers (COO): Conduct frequent, data-driven reviews of their agency’s progress toward goals in areas identified by OMB  as being critical to performance improvement across agencies or that the agency head identifies
  • Director of OMB: Provide guidance to agencies as part of the fiscal year 2013 budget process for identifying areas of program overlap and duplication within and across agencies and for proposing consolidation and reductions to address inefficiencies
  • Chief Financial Officers (CFO): Responsible for achieving agency cost savings as quickly as possible by targeting wasteful practices and by reporting monthly on these efforts to the PMC

Government Accountability and Transparency Board

Under the Executive Order, the President establishes the Government Accountability and Transparency Board to provide strategic direction for enhancing the transparency of federal spending and advance efforts to identify and address fraud, waste, and abuse in federal programs. The Board will be comprised of 11 agency members designated by the President from among agency Inspectors General, CFOs, and Deputy Secretaries; a senior official of OMB; and other members as the President designates. The President has charged the Board to work with the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB) to review lessons learned from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and apply the approaches developed by the RATB across government spending.

Within six months of its establishment, the Executive Order requires the Board to deliver a report to the President identifying implementation guidelines for integrating systems that support the collection and display of government spending data while ensuring the reliability of those data and broadening the deployment of fraud detection technologies.

With this Executive Order, the President aims to ensure that the Administration is committed to a federal government that serves the American public with the greatest effectiveness and efficiency possible and builds upon progress made over the past two years in saving taxpayer dollars. OMB expects to provide further details for government and agency officials on implementing the President’s Executive Order.

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