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Management Agenda for the Presidential and Congressional Transition: Improve Federal Performance to Better Achieve Results

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
  • 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
    Given the increase in public demands for a more effective and accountable federal government, it is critical that Congress and the incoming administration collect and use evidence to drive improvements and better achieve results. Agencies should use data for decision making, enhance regulatory processes, build evaluation capacity, and improve the visibility of agency-wide risks. See additional materials for more information.
  • 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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