Performance Management in Spotlight

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget is developing a new federal performance management framework that will incorporate elements from other initiatives, including the Bush administration’s Performance Assessment Rating Tool and the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act. The new framework is said to be focused on outcomes. It will allow comparisons across programs and agencies.

Shelley Metzenbaum, who founded the Collins Center for Public Management at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts, will play an important role in designing the plan. One of the criticisms of existing programs is that they place too much emphasis on producing performance information for the purpose of compliance and pay too little attention to analyzing and acting on the information collected.

Despite the advances made by the Clinton and Bush administrations, it’s believed that agencies now need to focus on using performance information as a tool to facilitate long-term strategic decisions and support employees, contractors and other stakeholders.

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