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Congress Says Transportation Has Best Strategic and Performance Plans;
Seven Other Agencies Do Well on Results Act Implementation
"We are aware that many dedicated federal employees are deeply committed to the principles of the Results Act and are determined to see the Act succeed," they wrote in a letter to Jacob J. Lew, Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget dated June 9. The letter gave overall observations and recommendations on how to move forward following Congress's evaluation of the first ever performance plans that agencies submitted in February.
Congressional evaluators determined that performance data are not yet reliable or useful enough to "support federal decision making and day-to-day agency management." However, the letter expressed confidence that the Results Act will succeed if Congress and the Executive branch work together.
The letter singled out the Transportation Department and the personal involvement of both Secretary Slater and Deputy Secretary Downey. "Transportation produced the best strategic plan and the best performance plan of all the agencies we evaluated."
An accompanying report named seven other agencies that did well in meeting one or more of the evaluation criteria. These agencies are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Administration for Children and Families, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, National Weather Service, Customs Service, and the Veterans Health Administration. Most of these agencies are high impact agencies, that is, agencies that touch the most Americans. (Visit www.npr.gov/library/announc/hiapage3.html.)
Speaker Gingrich and the committee chairmen also noted the interest of Vice President Gore in the Results Act, and the clear connection between the National Partnership for Reinventing Government and the Act. "The NPR has taken the important first step of focusing on improved 'customer service' by 'impact agencies,'" they wrote.
The full letter is online at freedom.gov/results/ombletter.asp.
Federal Advisory Committee Data Are Online;
Advisory committees are made up of citizens from every walk of life who provide expert advice to the government on such topics as food and drug safety, economic and trade policy, and the national defense. Citizen-advisors have played crucial roles in shaping American policy since the earliest days of the Nation.
With the new website, government officials responsible for managing and reporting on advisory committees are able to file their reports online. "This will allow us to make the information available to the President, the Congress, and public a lot faster," said James L. Dean, director of the GSA Committee Management Secretariat. Site designers were able to meet the challenge of providing secure access to 4,000 people in 60 agencies nationwide using many different Internet browsers and versions.
Anyone who wants to learn more about how the government makes decisions will also benefit from the site, according to G. Martin Wagner, GSA's Associate Administrator for Governmentwide Policy. "Shared systems which provide desktop access to information and other tools needed to accomplish work faster and monitor results better are critical to the government's efforts to reinvent itself."
The "Town Hall" features links to a number of search engines, including two "cream skimmers" that select the top hits from a variety of search engine databases. There are also links to relevant sites, including the Federal Register, the Library of Congress, and the US Congress' Thomas Jefferson site, which permits the user to search for any bill in Congress. The site also permits access to GSA's Regulations affecting advisory committees, recent amendments to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and summaries of judicial decisions.
For more information, call Michael Neff at (202) 273-3564.
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President Signs Calls for More Improvements in Financial Management
In response to an NPR recommendation in 1993, the government now has accounting standards. These standards were the basis for the first ever government-wide financial statement of the government, issued on March 31. The FY 1999 budget calls for an "unqualified audit opinion"-the highest opinion available from auditors-on the government's FY 1999 financial statements. The memo directs the Office of Management and Budget to identify and monitor the progress of those agencies that need help in meeting this commitment. Initial agency plans are due to OMB by July 31 this year. The memo is posted at www.npr.gov/library/direct/memos/finmgmt.html.
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