Government Results and Modernization Act (GPRAMA) Implementation Too Slow, Says GAO
Agency managers need to do more to fully implement the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act (GPRAMA), according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The report highlighted areas where more work needs to be done to implement the law, including developing within agencies and across government a better understanding and usage of performance data. The report found that federal managers are not effectively using performance data to achieve cross-agency priority (CAP) goals or to make strategic decisions.
The GAO report made four recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which manages governmentwide performance through the Performance Improvement Council (PIC). The report called on OMB and the PIC to help agencies better measure and use performance data. Three additional recommendations concerned contributions made by tax expenditures toward achieving CAP and agency priority goals.
In the audit, GAO surveyed federal managers. The survey found that only 33 percent of managers were somewhat or very familiar with the quarterly performance reviews issued by their agencies about progress made toward agency priority goals, and that 40 percent said they were unfamiliar with one or more of the administration’s CAP goals.
Areas in which agencies had particular difficulties including measuring performance included in contracts, direct services, grants, regulations, research and development, and tax expenditures.
The report also noted that performance data produced by agencies is not necessarily helpful to outsiders, such as members of the public, Congress, or government customers, who attempt to interpret it.
"The impact of these weaknesses is far reaching as well. These agencies are responsible for performing functions that affect every aspect of Americans' lives, from education, healthcare and housing to national security and illicit drug use," the report stated.
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