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Timely, Quality Service to the Congress and the Federal Government to
Respond to Changing Security Threats and the Challenges of Global Interdependence
As open markets and rapidly developing technology create an increasingly interconnected world, the United States faces new threats and opportunities. Threats to national security come from regional instabilities, the spread of terrorism, and the proliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. They come also from the interdependence of global economic and financial systems and the vulnerabilities of the information technology used to conduct many vital functions--from international commerce to warfare.
At the same time, the end of the Cold War and the globalization of markets have created new opportunities for our nation as a whole and for American producers and consumers. Consequently, while trying to anticipate and address the new threats to national security, the federal government also tries to promote foreign policy goals, trade policies, and other strategies to help the nations in every corner of the world that are our military allies and trading partners.
In light of this complex array of global issues, the second goal of our strategic plan is to help the Congress and the federal government respond to changing security threats and the challenges of global interdependence. To ensure that we provide timely, quality service to support the decision-making of the Congress as a whole and of its Committees dealing with security and global interdependence issues, we have established four strategic objectives:
In working toward this Strategic Goal in fiscal year 2000, we exceeded all of our annual performance targets:
In addition, we expect to meet or exceed all 20 qualitative performance goals by the end of fiscal year 2002.These performance goals are listed in the PDF version of our full-length report.
Fiscal Years 2001 and 2002
Guided by our final decisions on realigning the agency's structure to the goals in our strategic plan, we allocated 685 full-time equivalent staff to Goal 2. We revised some of our quantitative targets for fiscal year 2001 to reflect these decisions, as indicated on the table above, and expect to meet our quantitative targets for fiscal year 2001. In addition, we revised 4 of our 20 qualitative performance goals to more accurately reflect the scope of work being done under Goal 2.
Looking ahead to fiscal year 2002, we have requested 720 full-time equivalent staff for this goal. The additional staff will be used to increase our work on international affairs and trade. Given these resources, we set the following targets:
These performance targets will continue to focus our attention on work that provides financial benefits and other improvements in government operations. We also set targets of delivering 62 testimonies and making 291 recommendations to executive agencies, two measures of the value of our work for congressional decision-making and in identifying opportunities for improving federal operations that yield benefits to taxpayers.