The work of the Federal Government has a real effect on people’s lives each day – on small business-owners who need loans so they can grow and hire, on young people who want to go to college, on the men and women in our Armed Forces who need the best resources when in uniform and who, after their service, deserve the benefits they earned. Whether protecting individuals and communities, modernizing infrastructure, investing in our children, or taking care of the most vulnerable, the American people deserve a highly effective government.
The Nation’s current fiscal situation makes it more important than ever for government agencies to use taxpayer money wisely to achieve more mission for the money. Building a government that works smarter, better, and more efficiently to deliver results for the American people is a cornerstone of this Administration. To improve the performance of the Federal Government, the Administration is pursuing three key performance improvement initiatives.
Agencies are using clearly stated goals to focus their efforts to improve performance and let the public know what they seek to accomplish. The Federal Government operates more effectively when it focuses on outcomes and sets clear and measurable goals to clarify priorities and drive performance improvement. A goal-focused, data-driven management approach has proven a powerful way to achieve significant performance gains in other countries, several States, an increasing number of local governments, and in the U.S. Federal Government.
Agencies are measuring and analyzing performance and related data to find which agency actions work and deserve further investment and which do not and need to be fixed or stopped. They are using data diagnostically to figure out how to improve outcomes and get more value for the taxpayer’s dollar. We encourage users with specific suggestions for strengthening measurement, analysis, and evidence relevant to specific goals to submit those suggestions via the Feedback button or reach out to the agency or agencies working to advance progress on that goal.
Agencies are using frequent data-driven reviews of progress on goals to monitor trends and identify actions likely to increase performance and reduce costs. Agency Deputy Secretaries, or others designated as the agency Chief Operating Officer, are holding goal-focused, data-driven reviews at least every quarter to drive progress on their near-term priority goals. These meetings create an unprecedented forum for agency managers to discuss priorities, not just crises, with senior agency leadership.