Managing for Results:

The Statutory Framework for Performance-Based Management and Accountability

GGD/AIMD-98-52: Published: Jan 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1998.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided an overview of certain major statutes that Congress has enacted to instill a more performance-based approach to management and accountability of the federal government.

GAO noted that: (1) implemented together, these laws provide a powerful framework for developing and fully integrating information about agencies' missions and strategic priorities, the results-oriented performance goals that flow from those priorities, performance data to show the level of achievement of those goals, and the relationship of information technology investments to the achievement of performance goals--along with reliable and audited financial information about the costs of achieving mission results; (2) this framework should promote a more results-oriented management and decisionmaking process within both Congress and the executive branch; (3) it can be useful to Members by providing information that is pertinent to a broad range of management-related decisions confronting them in their capabilities as members of budget, authorization, oversight, and appropriations committees; (4) however, GAO's work has shown that critical implementation issues remain to be addressed; and (5) for example, although the statutory framework for more performance-based government is in place, key parts of the framework are in their first years of implementation, and how best to integrate the implementation is a continuing work in progress.

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