Title: Presidential Memorandum, Implementing Management Reform
in the Executive Branch
Author: The White House
Date: 1 Oct 1993
Subject: President Clinton's Memo Implementing Reform of Management
Copy provided by NETRESULTS as a public service
A Presidential Memorandum 10-01-93
From the White House,
Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies.
Subject: Implementing Management Reform in the Executive Branch
The National Performance Review has examined how well the government
serves its citizens, where it can improve, and where it is necessary to make
fundamental changes to make government work better. It has presented
its findings and recommendations -- including the adoption of new
management principles and structural reforms -- to improve government
throughout the Executive branch.
In order to establish and implement more effective and efficient
leadership and management principles throughout the Executive branch as
identified in the National Performance Review, I hereby direct the
The Director of the Office of Management and Budget is authorized and
directed to publish this memorandum in the *Federal Register*.
- Establish Chief Operating Officers
Each agency head shall designate a Chief Operating Officer, who shall be
the Deputy or another official with agency-wide authority. The Chief
Operating Officer shall report directly to the agency head and shall be
- implementing the President's and agency head's goals and the
- providing overall organization management to improve agency
- assisting the agency head in promoting ongoing quality
improvement, developing strategic plans, and measuring results;
- directing ongoing reengineering of the agency's administrative
- overseeing agency-specific application of performance measures,
procurement reforms, personnel reductions, financial management
improvements, telecommunications and information technology policies,
and other government-wide systems reforms adopted as a result of the
recommendations of the National Performance Review; and
- reforming the agency's management practices by incorporating
the principles of the National Performance Review into day-to-day
- Implement Additional Agency Reforms.
Each agency head shall identify and implement additional changes within
the agency that will promote the principles and standards of the National
Performance Review and the strategic and quality management
approaches described by the Federal Quality Institute's "Presidential
award for Quality" or its successor award (s).
- Establishment of President's Management Council.
In order to advise and assist the President and the Vice President in
ensuring that the reforms adopted as a result of the National Performance
Review are implemented throughout the Executive branch, I hereby
establish the President's Management Council ("The Council"). The Council
shall comprise the:
The Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and
Budget shall serve as Chairperson of the Council. The Chairperson of the
Council shall appoint a Vice-Chairperson of the Council from the Council's
membership to assist the Chairperson in conducting the affairs of the
- The Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and
- The Chief Operating Officers from the following agencies:
- Department of State;
- Department of the Treasury;
- Department of Defense;
- Department of Justice;
- Department of the Interior;
- Department of Agriculture;
- Department of Commerce;
- Department of Labor;
- Department of Health & Human Services;
- Department of Housing & Urban Development;
- Department of Transportation;
- Department of Energy;
- Department of Education;
- Department of Veteran Affairs;
- Environmental Protection Agency;
- The following central management agency representatives:
- Director of the Office of Personnel Management;
- Administrator of General Services;
- Chief Operating Officers of three other Executive branch agencies
designated by the Chairperson, in his or her discretion;
- Secretary of the Cabinet; and
- Such other officials of Executive departments and agencies as I may,
from time to time, designate.
I also establish an Executive Committee of the Council. Members of the
Executive Committee shall be: the Chairperson; the Vice-Chairperson; the
two central management agency representatives; two Chief Operating
Officers serving on the Council, whom I shall designate, and any additional
Council members whom I may, from time to time, designate.
The Chairperson shall convene meetings of the Council, which shall be held
at least once a month.
The functions of the Council shall include, among others:
The Council shall be provided with appropriate staff support and other
resources as may be necessary to carry out its duties. In addition, the
Federal Quality Institute shall serve as a resource to the Council.
The Council shall seek advice and information as appropriate from
nonmember Federal agencies, particularly smaller agencies. The Council
shall also consider the management reform experience of corporations,
nonprofit organizations, State and local governments, government
employees, public sector unions, and customers of government services.
Agencies shall cooperate with the Council and provide such assistance,
information, and advice to the Council as the Council may request, to the
extent permitted by law.
- improving overall Executive branch management, including reform of
government-wide management systems, such as management controls,
financial management, personnel, budgeting, and procurement;
- coordinating management-related efforts to improve government
throughout the Executive branch and, as necessary, resolving specific
interagency management issues;
- ensuring the adoption of new management practices in agencies
throughout the Executive branch; and
- identifying examples of, and providing mechanisms for, interagency
exchange of information about best management practices.
- Independent Agencies
Independent agencies are requested to adhere to this directive.
- Judicial Review.
This directive is for the internal management of the Executive branch and
does not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable
by a party against the United states, its agencies or instrumentalities, its
officers or employees, or any other person.
William J. Clinton
THE WHITE HOUSE