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Management Agenda for the Presidential and Congressional Transition: Promote Transparency and Open Government to Enhance Civic Engagement and Foster Innovation

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
  • Promote Transparency and Open Government to Enhance Civic Engagement and Foster Innovation
    To foster transparency, improve oversight, and enhance public participation in decision-making, Congress and the new administration are challenged to ensure government and public access to reliable and complete federal financial and performance information. Attention to these initiatives can help agencies gather more data, make data more accessible, be more responsive to the public, and involve the public in accomplishing social goals. See additional materials for more information.

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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