Performance measures (61 - 70 of 727 items)
Streamlining Government: Key Practices from Select Efficiency Initiatives Should Be Shared Governmentwide
GAO-11-908: Published: Sep 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2011.
Given continuing budget pressures combined with the focus on performance envisioned in the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, federal agencies need to identify ways to operate more efficiently. GAO was asked to (1) describe selected initiatives that federal departments are implementing to achieve efficiencies; and (2) identify key practices associated with implementing these initiatives, as well as s...
Electronic Government: Performance Measures for Projects Aimed at Promoting Innovation and Transparency Can Be Improved
GAO-11-775: Published: Sep 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2011.
Congress enacted the Electronic Government (E-Gov) Act in 2002 to promote better use of the Internet and other information technologies (IT), thereby improving government services for citizens, internal government operations, and opportunities for citizen participation in government. Among other things, the act established the E-Gov Fund to support projects that expand the government's ability to...
Small Business Contracting: Opportunities to Improve the Effectiveness of Agency and SBA Advocates and Mentor-Protege Programs
GAO-11-844T: Published: Sep 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2011.
This testimony discusses our recent work on the federal government's efforts to increase contracting opportunities for small businesses. This work covered (1) the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at federal agencies, (2) federal mentor-protege programs, and (3) the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Procurement Center Representatives (PCR) and Commercial Market Re...
Flood Insurance: Public Policy Goals Provide a Framework for Reform
GAO-11-670T: Published: Jun 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2011.
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been on GAO's high-risk list since 2006, when the program had to borrow from the U.S. Treasury to cover losses from the 2005 hurricanes. The outstanding debt is $17.8 billion as of June 2011. This sizeable debt, plus operational and management challenges that GAO has identified at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers NFIP...
Improvements Needed to Help Ensure Reliability of SBA's Performance Data on Procurement Center Representatives
GAO-11-549R: Published: Jun 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2011.
This letter responds to the mandate contained in Section 1312(c) of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, for GAO to conduct a study of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Procurement Center Representatives (PCR) and Commercial Market Representatives (CMR), including ways to improve their effectiveness. To fulfill this mandate, we provided congressional staff a briefing on the results of this...
Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue
GAO-11-714T: Published: Jun 1, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2011.
This testimony discusses our first annual report to Congress responding to the statutory requirement that GAO identify federal programs, agencies, offices, and initiatives--either within departments or governmentwide--that have duplicative goals or activities. This work can help inform government policymakers as they address the rapidly building fiscal pressures facing our national government. Ou...
Department of State's Counternarcotics Performance Management System
GAO-11-564R: Published: May 26, 2011. Publicly Released: May 26, 2011.
Our recent reviews of U.S counternarcotics programs in Mexico and Afghanistan highlighted the need to improve the programs' performance measures to track progress. The Department of State (State) received over $1 billion in its fiscal year 2010 appropriation for international counternarcotics assistance programs. The vast majority of this funding--about 90 percent in fiscal year 2010--supports cou...
Managing for Results: GPRA Modernization Act Implementation Provides Important Opportunities to Address Government Challenges
GAO-11-617T: Published: May 10, 2011. Publicly Released: May 10, 2011.
The federal government is the world's largest and most complex entity, with about $3.5 trillion in outlays in fiscal year 2010 that fund a broad array of programs and operations. GAO's long-term simulations of the federal budget show--absent policy change--growing deficits accumulating to an unsustainable increase in debt. While the spending side is driven by rising health care costs and demograph...
Performance Measurement and Evaluation: Definitions and Relationships (Supersedes GAO-05-739SP)
GAO-11-646SP: Published: May 2, 2011. Publicly Released: May 2, 2011.
This publication supersedes GAO-05-739SP, Performance Measurement and Evaluation: Definitions and Relationships, June 2005. Both the executive branch and congressional committees need evaluative information to help them make decisions about the programs they oversee--information that tells them whether, and why, a program is working well or not. In enacting the Government Performance and Results A...
List of Selected Federal Programs That Have Similar or Overlapping Objectives, Provide Similar Services, or Are Fragmented Across Government Missions
GAO-11-474R: Published: Mar 18, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2011.
This report supplements our March 1, 2011, report Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue--GAO's first annual report to Congress in response to a statutory requirement to identify federal programs, agencies, offices, and initiatives, either within departments or governmentwide, which have duplicative goals or activities. Section...