Government Management Issues

OCG-93-3TR: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO summarized information on federal government management issues, focusing on: (1) the constraints and incentives that managers contend with to achieve program results; and (2) key elements for federal management improvement.

GAO noted that: (1) many agencies lack a strategic vision for the future, adequate oversight and evaluation systems, and qualified personnel; (2) reasons for inefficient government management include the federal government's overwhelming size, political environment, and operating cultures that resist agency mission definition, lack of control over its services, and reliance on noncareer executive program managers; (3) the federal government could learn effective management techniques from other foreign and state governments' experiences; and (4) to improve the effectiveness of government management, the federal government needs long-term strategic plans, improved financial and program information, a results-oriented environment, continuity in leadership, a revised budget process, reorganization of its central management agencies, and revised agency organizational structures.

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