Accession Number : ADA332449

Title :   Managing for Results: Using GPRA to Assist Congressional and Executive Branch Decisionmaking.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC GENERAL GOVERNMENT DIV

PDF Url : ADA332449

Report Date : FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : This report discusses how Congress can use the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) as it seeks to reduce the cost and improve the performance of the federal government. There is a broad consensus within the federal government, and among students of its institutions, that part of the solution to the federal government's fiscal problems must be better management of its programs and activities. The American people also are rightly demanding that government operate in a more efficient and businesslike manner. However, improving management in the federal sector will be no easy task, but GPRA can assist in accomplishing it. As its title indicates, GPRA'5 focus is on results. In crafting GPRA, Congress recognized that congressional and executive branch decisionmaking had been severely handicapped by the absence in many agencies of the basic underpinnings of well-managed organizations. Our work has found numerous examples of management-related challenges stemming from unclear agency missions; the lack of results-oriented performance goals; the absence of well-conceived agency strategies to meet those goals; and the failure to gather and use accurate, reliable, and timely program performance and cost information to measure progress in achieving results.

Descriptors :   *CONGRESS, *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, *DECISION MAKING, *COST ANALYSIS, *GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, MEASUREMENT, MANAGEMENT, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), COSTS, CIVILIAN POPULATION.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE