Delivering on the Accountable Government Initiative and Implementing the GPRA Modernization Act

June 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

On January 4, 2011, the President signed the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 (here after GPRA Modernization Act), which  modernizes the federal government’s performance management framework by building upon parts of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Act of 1993 as well as addressing some of its weaknesses. In an effort to assist agencies in implementing the GPRA Modernization Act, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued Memorandum M-11-17: Delivering on the Accountable Government Initiative and Implementing the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 to highlight a few of the key requirements and immediate agency implementation actions of the GPRA Modernization Act.

The GPRA Modernization Act requires each agency to create and fill each of the following positions within the agency’s organizational structure:

  • Chief Operating Officer (COO): Provides overall organization management to improve agency performance and achieve the mission and goals of the agency through the use of strategic and performance planning, measurement, analysis, regular progress assessments, and performance information to improve results
  • Performance Improvement Officer (PIO): Supports agency head and COO in leading performance improvement efforts across the agency, including performance reviews, goal selection, cross-agency collaboration, and communication of performance information
  • Goal Leaders: Supports agency leadership, including COO and PIO, in managing agency priority goals and federal priority, crosscutting outcomes and management goals

In addition, the GPRA Modernization Act changes the federal performance management framework. Major changes include:

  • Requiring agency leaders to perform quarterly, data-driven progress reviews on the agency’s near-term priority goals
  • Timing of agency and government-wide requirements under the GPRA Modernization Act to the fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget development process
  • Improving transparency by requiring quarterly updates on agency and federal crosscutting priority goals and making performance information from agency strategic plans, annual plans, and annual reports available through a central website

Throughout 2011, OMB will continue to issue guidance on specific aspects of the GPRA Modernization Act and provide tools to help agencies implement the GPRA Modernization Act. OMB will also be working with agencies to develop federal crosscutting goals.

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