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Improving Program Management: Key Actions Taken, but Further Efforts Needed to Strengthen Standards, Expand Reviews, and Address High-Risk Areas

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Deputy Director for Management
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The Deputy Director for Management of OMB should clarify for agencies how the different definitions of a "program" relate to each other in OMB guidance. (Recommendation 5)
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OMB did not state if they agreed or disagreed with this recommendation. We have requested recommendation update information from OMB in August and September 2020, and most recently March 2021, and have not yet received a response. In June 2021 we added this recommendation as a priority in our OMB priority recommendation letter. The letter states: We recommended that OMB clarify for agencies how different definitions of a "program" relate to each other in OMB guidance. Clarifying the definitions could help agencies and OMB increase transparency and identify synergies across related laws, such

Deputy Director for Management
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Deputy Director for Management of OMB should convene trilateral meetings between OMB, relevant agencies, and us for addressing all high-risk areas during each two-year high-risk cycle (Recommendation 6).
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OMB did not state if they agreed or disagreed with this recommendation. We requested recommendation update information from OMB in August and September 2020, and most recently March 2021, and have not yet received a response. In June 2021 we added this recommendation as a priority in our OMB priority recommendation letter. The letter states: OMB should convene trilateral meetings between OMB, relevant agencies, and us for addressing all areas on our High Risk List during each two-year high-risk cycle. Doing so would better position OMB to enhance the leadership commitment needed to make

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