Managing for Results:

The Department of Justice's Initial Efforts to Implement GPRA

GGD-95-167FS: Published: Jun 20, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1995.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement and an agency request, GAO reviewed the Department of Justice's (DOJ) efforts to implement the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), focusing on the processes used to develop the fiscal year (FY) 1996 mission statement, general goals and objectives, annual performance goals, and performance indicators for each DOJ component.

GAO found that: (1) in accordance with National Performance Review and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recommendations, DOJ is developing output and outcome measurements, but DOJ has not described a departmentwide process for components to use in developing their performance measurement exhibits; (2) DOJ components have used five general processes to develop annual performance goals with input from program staff; (3) components' questions and concerns about implementing a performance measurement system generally include how to develop both general and program specific performance measurements and how OMB would use performance data in the budget process; (4) OMB has stated that it is not required to use performance data until 1997 and it is still learning how to use such data; (5) OMB believes that it is crucial that it interpret program results and account for why programs do not meet their performance goals, but it will not prescribe common governmentwide performance measures; and (6) although Congress has expressed a preference for outcome measurements, DOJ components have selected a variety of performance indicators based on their data collection operations and understanding of the measures.

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