Management Reform:

GAO's Comments on the National Performance Review's Recommendations

OCG-94-1: Published: Dec 3, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 1993.

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Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO commented on the recommendations in the National Performance Review's (NPR) report, focusing on: (1) its agreement or disagreement with the recommendations; and (2) major management and programmatic concerns that the NPR report did not address.

GAO found that: (1) the NPR report addressed many areas of concern that it has previously stressed such as strengthening management within agencies and focusing management and accountability on the results of programs; (2) it generally agrees with most of the report's recommendations and believes that successful implementation of NPR recommendations will improve the federal government's management and programmatic problems; (3) the Administration and Congress must work closely together to develop a coordinated, long-term strategy for implementing NPR recommendations and improving federal management; (4) the Administration and Congress should give priority to improving agencies' management capacities so that they can assume additional authority, responsibility, and accountability for programmatic outcomes, particularly in the areas of financial management and staffing; (5) top agency leaders will need to provide active support to implement the recommendations' fundamental management changes; and (6) the NPR report failed to address several critical management and program issues previously identified by GAO.

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