Bill Bowed to Post Performance of Federal Agencies
WASHINGTON: Proponents of a Senate bill directing federal
agencies to post their strategic plans and performance records online
are working to get the proposal passed during the lame-duck session. Supporters
want to push the bill through after the November elections and before the new
Congress convenes in January, according to Capital Hill sources.
The bill requires each federal agency to designate a “chief operating officer” and
a “performance improvement officer.” They’ll be charged with slashing
duplicative programs and saving money. Those officials also would be held
responsible for considering taxpayer savings through better coordination of
administrative functions common to every agency, including purchasing.
The bill requires federal agencies to post performance data on a single
public Web site on a quarterly, rather than a yearly, basis. It also sets an
ambitious first-year goal of an overall 10 percent reduction in the cumulative
number of little used or outdated reports mandated by previous administrations
and Congresses, according to a statement from one of its sponsors. The Web site
would be managed by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
The proposed Government Performance and Results Modernization Act (S. 3853) was
introduced Sept. 28 by Sens. Tom Carper, (D-Del.); Mark Warner, (D-Va.); and
Daniel Akaka, (D-Hawaii). It’s currently a substitute amendment to a similar
House bill, H.R. 2142--the Government Efficiency, Effectiveness and Performance
The public Web site “has already been in the works in putting together a Performance.gov type site,” one source
said, referring to a site that's now password-protected. “The transparency and info it
provides will be much like Recovery.gov or the IT dashboard.” -- from Government Video