The Lowdown on Agency Strategic Reviews
The Office of Management and Budget reviews federal agency strategic plans as an effort to link high-level and long-term organizational objectives with the annual budget process. As Mr. Kamensky reports, the annual strategic review process is an effort by the government to identify, implement and track the progress of priorities on a regular basis, thereby creating more transparency and accountability in the spending of taxpayer dollars. The review system is still in its infancy, but OMB anticipates that the continued refinement of the reviews will provide a beneficial impact to top level agency leadership’s decision-making processes and resource allocations.
Government Needs Better Management, Obviously
Mr. Risher provides an interesting perspective of performance management in the federal government – while initiated with good intentions, its success rests in the senior executives who would champion real reform and engage their high performing employees in organizational goal setting and problem solving. Unfortunately, points out Mr. Risher, hiring and retaining the best and brightest senior executives for public service has its challenges, such as lower pay levels than private companies and a diminished sense of urgency for change from the top.
Performance.gov – Driving Federal Performance
Performance.gov is an online dashboard that communicates to federal entities, taxpayers and the media on the progress of government-wide management initiatives. Agencies and departments maintain transparency by posting their strategic plans, annual performance plans, annual performance reports, and contributions to Cross-Agency Performance (CAP) goals on sub-pages within the site. With data analytics and dashboards becoming increasingly popular tools to drive executive level decisions within the government, sites like Performance.gov will further enable the sharing of knowledge and success stories across federal agencies.