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National Weather Service: Additional Actions Needed to Improve the Agency's Reform Efforts

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National Weather Service The Director of NWS should ensure that as NWS continues its efforts to develop performance measures for the Evolve Program's reform efforts, it incorporates GAO's key attributes of successful performance measures to the extent appropriate for the program. (Recommendation 1)
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The Department of Commerce agreed with this recommendation and stated that NWS will continue to enhance its metrics and strengthen performance measures, including by incorporating GAO's key attributes of successful performance measures, as appropriate. In March 2022, the department identified actions that NWS plans to take in this area, including developing performance metrics for a Collaborative Forecast Process demonstration and developing a survey to help evaluate the agency's performance in delivering Impact-based Decision Support Services. We will continue to monitor NWS's progress on

National Weather Service The Director of NWS should ensure that the final communications strategy developed by the Evolve Program is a two-way communications strategy that outlines how NWS will listen and respond to employee concerns about the agency's reform efforts, including NBM. (Recommendation 2)
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The Department of Commerce agreed with this recommendation and stated that NWS will complete its communications strategy for the Evolve Program and will ensure that the strategy addresses how the agency will listen and respond to employee concerns related to the reform efforts. In March 2022, NWS said that it plans to finalize the communications strategy by the end of fiscal year 2022 and will invite the NWS employees organization to provide input on the strategy. In addition, NWS said that it plans to conduct annual employee feedback surveys on the Evolve Program reform efforts beginning in

National Weather Service The Director of NWS should revise NWS's approach to staffing the Evolve PMO to improve leadership continuity, staff continuity, and the sufficiency of staff resources to effectively implement the Evolve Program's reform efforts. (Recommendation 3)
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The Department of Commerce agreed with this recommendation and stated that NWS will continue to evaluate and adjust the staffing model for the Evolve PMO as part of the ongoing work associated with Evolve 2.0.In March 2022, NWS said that it plans to complete an evaluation of the Evolve PMO's staffing model by the end of fiscal year 2022. We will continue to monitor NWS's progress on this effort and will assess the extent to which the agency's actions address our recommendation.

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