Management Agenda for the Presidential and Congressional Transition: Manage Acquisitions to Maximize Cost Savings and Performance

Published: Nov 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2016.
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GAO’s Management Agenda is a streamlined tool for new leaders to quickly learn about critical management challenges and risks facing the federal government and the actions needed to address those challenges. Eight management challenges are highlighted in the Management Agenda:

  • Manage Finances to Improve the Nation’s Fiscal Condition
  • Manage Acquisitions to Maximize Cost Savings and Performance
    In recent years, the federal government has spent approximately $440 billion annually to acquire goods and services. To maximize cost savings and performance, Congress and the incoming Administration need to address issues involving major systems acquisitions; the protection of critical technologies and supply chains; federal contracting, and services acquisitions. See additional materials for more information.
  • Develop and Manage Information Technology to Meet the Government's Needs
  • Strengthen Cybersecurity Over Sensitive Data and Protect Critical Infrastructure Systems
  • Strengthen Human Capital Capabilities to Enhance Performance
  • Collaborate to Achieve National Outcomes
  • Improve Federal Performance to Better Achieve Results
  • Promote Transparency and Open Government to Enhance Civic Engagement and Foster Innovation

The Presidential Transition Act points to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) as a resource for incoming administrations as well as new Congresses. Explore our Presidential and Congressional Transition Resources.

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