People have been asking me: What’s the Obama performance management agenda? I keep saying, “you’ll have to wait until his chief performance officer gets on board.”
Well, that may be true in some respects, but the agenda is steadily being fleshed out. The President’s FY 2010 budget, according to Federal Times, laid out a set of specifics that agencies will have to develop in the coming months:
• Establish a comprehensive measurement system to link programs with agency and governmentwide performance goals.
• Reform program assessments to report on and explain performance trends, risks and improvement plans.
• Identify agency officials who will ensure performance improvement plans work.
• Revamp the Bush administration’s ExpectMore.gov to make performance data agencies submit easily accessible to the public, Congress and other stakeholders.
• Launch a governmentwide research program to compare the effectiveness of different program strategies to ensure programs achieve their goals.
And last week, the Office of Management and Budget released guidance to agencies in developing their FY 2011 budget and performance plans. There, it said “Over the next several months, OMB also will work with Congress, interagency management councils, experts in Federal management policy, Federal employees, and other key stakeholders to craft a broad management and performance framework” that will address both presidential priorities as well as long-standing management challenges.
The guidance went on to require agencies to identify, by July 31st, a set of “high-priority performance goals” where there will be “regular reviews of the progress agencies are making.” The guidance offers criteria for what the goals should look like and directs the Performance Improvement Council to work together to develop a common template for their agencies to report their goals and measures of progress.
NOTE: It’s interesting how this OMB guidance memo was described by different media outlets. The memo covered several topics and different media covered different aspects. Government Executive’s Elizabeth Newell covered the performance element; Federal Times’ Stephen Losey focused on the budget element; the Washington Post’s Joe Davidson emphasized the hiring reform element; and Federal Computer Week’s Alice Lipowicz highlights the memo’s emphasis of IT investment goals around transparency and collaboration.