Managing for Results:

Answers to Hearing Questions on Program Data Quality

GGD-00-108R: Published: Mar 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2000.

Additional Materials:


J. Christopher Mihm
(202) 512-3236


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the quality of the 24 Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act agencies' fiscal year (FY) 2000 performance plans and financial data.

GAO noted that: (1) most of the FY 2000 performance plans provided only limited confidence that performance information would be credible; (2) like the FY 1999 performance plans, most of the FY 2000 plans lacked information on the procedures that the agencies would use to verify and validate performance information; (3) in general, the FY 2000 plans failed to include discussions of strategies to address known data limitations; (4) regarding the quality of financial data, the long-standing inability of many federal agencies to accurately record and report financial management data on both a year-end and ongoing basis for decisionmaking and oversight purposes continues to be a serious weakness; and (5) without reliable data on costs, decisionmakers cannot effectively evaluate programs' financial performance or control and reduce costs.

Nov 16, 2018

Nov 15, 2018

Nov 5, 2018

Oct 25, 2018

Sep 28, 2018

Sep 20, 2018

Sep 17, 2018

Sep 12, 2018

Sep 5, 2018

Aug 30, 2018

Looking for more? Browse all our products here