Increased Use of Productivity Management Can Help Control Government Costs

AFMD-84-11: Published: Nov 10, 1983. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1983.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined productivity management in federal agencies. Specifically, GAO: (1) noted agency approaches to productivity improvement; (2) identified governmentwide obstacles to such efforts; and (3) reviewed private sector approaches to assess their potential applicability to the federal government.

Productivity management can be a powerful tool for reducing government costs, but GAO found that federal agencies were not placing a high priority on productivity improvement. Few agencies had organized agencywide efforts to improve productivity, and those that did tended not to have clear goals, measurement for such goals, or accountability mechanisms. As a result, significant opportunities for reducing government costs are being missed. GAO further noted that, since agency improvement efforts did not adequately include productivity management, the federal government should use productivity management in its management and budget processes.

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