Survey of Organizational Performance and Management Issues

United States Government Accountability Office

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Introduction

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the evaluation arm of Congress, is studying the use of performance information in the federal government. We are surveying a random, nationwide sample of mid- and upper-level federal managers governmentwide to obtain information on these managers' experiences and perceptions with regard to organizational performance and management issues. This survey is consistent with similar surveys that we administered in 1996, 1999, 2003, and 2007. As with past surveys, we will report survey responses in the aggregate at the governmentwide and agency levels to inform the Congress on how federal managers are using performance information to improve agency results.

Additionally, GAO will take steps to ensure the privacy of your responses. We will not include any information that would allow an individual respondent to be identified. We will not release individually identifiable data outside of GAO, unless compelled by law or requested by the Congress.

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We urge you to complete this questionnaire. We cannot develop meaningful information without your frank and honest answers.

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Thank you very much for your time.

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Section 1 - Background

Please note: When we refer to "your agency" in a question, we are referring to the governmental component where you work. This could be:

An independent agency (e.g., the Environmental Protection Agency).

A cabinet-level department (e.g., the Department of Transportation). If you work for offices that support the Secretary of your department, please consider the cabinet-level department as "your agency."

A major component of that cabinet-level department (e.g., the Federal Aviation Administration, the Army, or the Internal Revenue Service). If you are employed by a cabinet-level department but actually work in a major component of that department, please consider the major component as "your agency."

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1. What is your current grade level? (Select one.)

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If you answered "Other" above, please specify your grade level.

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2. In total, for how many years have you been a supervisor and/or a manager in the federal government? (Please specify the total number of years, rounding up to the nearest year.)

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Number of years as a supervisor

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          or

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If you have never been a supervisor or a manager in the federal government, please check the box to the right.

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3. Number of employees you are responsible for

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Section 2 - Agency Strategic Goals

Please note: Agency strategic goals articulate clear statements of what the agency wants to achieve to advance its mission and address relevant national problems, needs, challenges and opportunities. Strategic goals should focus on intended results and further the agency's mission.

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4. For those program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) that you are involved with, to what extent, if at all, do you consider your agency's strategic goals when participating in the following activities? (Select one answer in each row.)

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4a. Setting program priorities

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 31.0 23.7-38.2 39.3 35.5-43.1
To a great extent 43.9 36.0-51.8 39.8 35.9-43.6
To a moderate extent 16.7 11.1-23.6 13.5 10.7-16.2
To a small extent 4.8 2.0 -9.6 4.0 2.6 -5.8
To no extent 1.6 0.3 -5.0 1.2 0.5 -2.4
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.1 0.4 -5.8 2.3 1.6 -3.1
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.0 0.0 -0.2

4b. Allocating resources

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 27.1 20.1-34.1 36.7 32.9-40.5
To a great extent 43.6 35.7-51.5 37.7 34.0-41.5
To a moderate extent 14.6 9.4 -21.3 14.2 11.5-16.9
To a small extent 7.5 3.9 -13.0 5.9 4.2 -8.0
To no extent 2.3 0.6 -6.0 2.3 1.2 -4.0
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 2.9 2.2 -3.8
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.3 0.1 -0.6

4c. Adopting new program approaches or changing work processes

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 24.9 18.0-31.8 30.2 26.6-33.7
To a great extent 42.5 34.6-50.3 41.1 37.2-44.9
To a moderate extent 19.4 13.5-26.6 18.0 15.1-21.0
To a small extent 6.2 2.9 -11.3 6.8 4.9 -9.2
To no extent 3.0 0.9 -7.0 1.2 0.6 -2.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.1 1.5 -8.7 2.4 1.7 -3.3
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.3 0.1 -0.8

4d. Developing or refining program performance measures

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 24.2 17.4-30.9 26.1 22.8-29.4
To a great extent 40.0 32.2-47.7 38.7 34.9-42.5
To a moderate extent 18.5 12.7-25.6 19.0 16.0-22.1
To a small extent 8.2 4.4 -13.9 9.5 7.0 -12.4
To no extent 3.6 1.3 -7.9 2.1 1.3 -3.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 5.5 2.4 -10.5 4.6 3.5 -5.8
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.1 0.0 -0.3

Section 3a - Performance Measurement (Performance Measures)

Please note: Performance measures track progress towards achieving agency goals or objectives or measure a program/operation/project's overall performance. These measures can be quantitative or qualitative.

For the following questions, please interpret "performance measures" in the broadest sense.

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5. Are there performance measures for the program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) that you are involved with? (Select one.)

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Yes - (Continue with question 6.) 89.0 82.9-93.5 82.5 79.4-85.7
No - Skip to Section 3b - Performance Measurements (Performance Information) 7.5 3.9 -13.0 13.4 10.5-16.4
Do not know - Skip to Section 3b - Performance Measurements (Performance Information) 0.7 0.0 -3.7 2.3 1.3 -3.8
Missing or Nonresponse 2.7 0.8 -6.8 1.7 1.0 -2.8

6. To what extent, if at all, do you agree with the following statements as they relate to performance measures for the program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) that you are involved with? (Select one answer in each row.)

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6a. We have performance measures that tell us how many things we produce or services we provide. (Output measures)

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 21.2 15.1-28.5 22.7 19.6-25.8
To a great extent 33.3 25.9-40.8 30.5 26.9-34.1
To a moderate extent 17.1 11.5-24.1 15.8 13.1-18.5
To a small extent 9.6 5.4 -15.5 7.6 5.7 -10.0
To no extent 3.6 1.3 -7.9 2.6 1.6 -4.0
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.4 1.1 -7.8 3.2 1.9 -5.1
Missing or Nonresponse 11.7 7.0 -17.9 17.5 14.4-20.7

6b. We have performance measures that tell us if we are operating efficiently. (Efficiency measures)

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 13.0 8.1 -19.4 14.8 12.2-17.3
To a great extent 21.6 15.5-28.9 26.9 23.5-30.3
To a moderate extent 26.9 19.9-34.0 23.5 20.2-26.9
To a small extent 16.0 10.5-22.9 12.1 9.6 -14.7
To no extent 9.8 5.6 -15.7 3.6 2.5 -4.9
No basis to judge/Not applicable 1.6 0.3 -5.0 1.5 0.7 -3.0
Missing or Nonresponse 11.0 6.5 -17.1 17.5 14.4-20.7

6c. We have performance measures that tell us whether or not we are satisfying our customers. (Customer service measures)

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 8.7 4.7 -14.3 15.7 12.8-18.5
To a great extent 25.3 18.5-32.1 24.5 21.2-27.9
To a moderate extent 25.4 18.4-32.3 22.3 19.1-25.4
To a small extent 14.4 9.2 -21.0 11.0 8.7 -13.2
To no extent 9.6 5.4 -15.5 5.2 3.8 -6.8
No basis to judge/Not applicable 5.7 2.6 -10.7 3.8 2.5 -5.5
Missing or Nonresponse 11.0 6.5 -17.1 17.6 14.5-20.8

6d. We have performance measures that tell us about the quality of the products or services we provide. (Quality measures)

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 11.0 6.5 -17.1 15.8 13.1-18.6
To a great extent 27.8 20.8-34.9 28.2 24.7-31.7
To a moderate extent 28.0 21.0-35.1 22.2 19.0-25.4
To a small extent 13.9 8.8 -20.5 9.6 7.7 -11.6
To no extent 6.9 3.4 -12.2 3.9 2.6 -5.5
No basis to judge/Not applicable 1.4 0.2 -4.8 2.6 1.4 -4.3
Missing or Nonresponse 11.0 6.5 -17.1 17.6 14.4-20.8

6e. We have performance measures that would demonstrate to someone outside of our agency whether or not we are achieving our intended results. (Outcome measures)

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 14.2 9.0 -20.7 16.5 13.9-19.1
To a great extent 30.3 23.1-37.5 31.1 27.5-34.7
To a moderate extent 31.3 23.9-38.7 22.6 19.4-25.8
To a small extent 8.5 4.5 -14.1 7.2 5.3 -9.5
To no extent 3.4 1.1 -7.8 2.8 1.5 -4.6
No basis to judge/Not applicable 1.4 0.2 -4.8 2.2 1.2 -3.7
Missing or Nonresponse 11.0 6.5 -17.1 17.7 14.5-20.8

6f. We have performance measures that tell us how equitably our products or services are distributed among our customers, as appropriate. (Social equity measures)

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 8.2 4.4 -13.9 7.3 5.5 -9.4
To a great extent 17.1 11.5-24.1 17.1 14.1-20.1
To a moderate extent 25.3 18.5-32.1 18.9 15.9-21.9
To a small extent 14.2 9.0 -20.7 10.7 8.6 -12.8
To no extent 10.5 6.1 -16.5 10.2 8.0 -12.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 13.7 8.7 -20.2 18.2 15.2-21.3
Missing or Nonresponse 11.0 6.5 -17.1 17.7 14.5-20.8

Section 3b - Performance Measurement (Performance Information)

Please note: Performance information is data collected to measure progress toward achieving an agency's established mission or program-related goals or objectives. Performance information can focus on performance measures, such as quality, timeliness, customer satisfaction, or efficiency. It can inform key management decisions such as setting program priorities, allocating resources, or identifying program problems and taking corrective action to solve those problems.

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7. To what extent, if at all, do you agree with the following statements? (Select one answer in each row.)

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7a. My agency's performance information is easily accessible to managers at my level.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 11.6 7.1 -17.6 16.4 13.6-19.2
To a great extent 33.8 26.3-41.3 32.3 28.8-35.8
To a moderate extent 30.4 23.1-37.7 29.6 25.9-33.2
To a small extent 19.2 13.2-26.4 14.9 12.0-17.7
To no extent 1.6 0.3 -5.0 3.9 2.3 -6.1
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.4 1.1 -7.8 3.0 1.8 -4.6
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.0 0.0 -0.2

7b. My agency's performance information is easily accessible to employees.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 7.7 4.1 -13.1 10.0 7.7 -12.3
To a great extent 27.9 20.7-35.0 23.6 20.5-26.6
To a moderate extent 26.0 19.1-33.0 30.9 27.2-34.6
To a small extent 26.5 19.5-33.6 24.6 21.1-28.0
To no extent 6.4 3.1 -11.5 6.6 4.8 -9.0
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.1 1.5 -8.7 3.5 2.2 -5.1
Missing or Nonresponse 1.4 0.2 -4.8 0.8 0.2 -1.9

7c. My agency's performance information is easily accessible to the public, as appropriate.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 4.6 1.9 -9.1 4.1 3.2 -5.2
To a great extent 18.0 12.3-25.0 13.0 10.8-15.2
To a moderate extent 22.8 16.5-30.1 21.6 18.6-24.7
To a small extent 25.6 18.6-32.6 20.0 16.9-23.1
To no extent 8.5 4.5 -14.1 12.3 9.6 -15.5
No basis to judge/Not applicable 20.6 14.4-28.0 27.9 24.3-31.5
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 1.1 0.3 -2.6

7d. My agency's performance information is available in a format that is easy to use.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 5.5 2.5 -10.2 7.8 6.0 -9.9
To a great extent 27.2 20.1-34.2 24.3 21.2-27.5
To a moderate extent 27.4 20.3-34.4 33.4 29.7-37.1
To a small extent 26.7 19.7-33.8 20.5 17.3-23.7
To no extent 8.5 4.5 -14.1 7.2 5.1 -9.8
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 6.6 4.7 -8.9
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.2 0.1 -0.5

7e. My agency has sufficient analytical tools for managers at my level to collect, analyze, and use performance information.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 8.2 4.4 -13.7 10.2 7.8 -12.6
To a great extent 22.8 16.4-30.3 26.0 22.7-29.3
To a moderate extent 30.3 23.1-37.6 28.2 24.7-31.6
To a small extent 26.0 19.1-33.0 21.6 18.4-24.8
To no extent 7.8 4.0 -13.2 8.6 6.4 -11.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.1 1.5 -8.7 4.2 2.7 -6.3
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.2 0.3 -3.1

7f. I have access to the performance information I need to manage the program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) that I am involved with.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 12.3 7.6 -18.4 14.7 12.0-17.4
To a great extent 32.2 24.8-39.6 37.0 33.2-40.7
To a moderate extent 30.4 23.1-37.7 28.1 24.6-31.6
To a small extent 17.4 11.7-24.4 12.4 9.9 -14.9
To no extent 5.0 2.1 -9.8 4.4 2.9 -6.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 2.8 1.7 -4.5
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.6 0.1 -1.8

7g. Performance information is available in time to manage the
program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) that I am involved with.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 8.2 4.4 -13.7 11.9 9.4 -14.4
To a great extent 29.2 22.0-36.4 32.3 28.7-35.8
To a moderate extent 33.3 25.9-40.8 31.3 27.6-35.1
To a small extent 18.1 12.3-25.2 14.1 11.6-16.6
To no extent 7.1 3.6 -12.4 5.2 3.6 -7.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.4 1.1 -7.8 3.4 2.2 -5.1
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.8 0.7 -3.5

7h. The program(s)/operation(s)/
project(s) that I am involved with have sufficient staff with the knowledge and skills needed to analyze performance information.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 6.2 2.9 -11.3 8.4 6.3 -10.8
To a great extent 21.4 15.3-28.6 21.7 18.8-24.6
To a moderate extent 26.0 19.1-33.0 31.6 27.9-35.2
To a small extent 31.6 24.2-39.0 23.7 20.5-27.0
To no extent 10.7 6.3 -16.8 9.7 7.2 -12.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.1 1.5 -8.7 4.1 2.7 -6.0
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.8 0.2 -2.0

8. For those program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) that you are involved with, to what extent, if at all, do you use the information obtained from performance measurement when participating in the following activities? (Select one answer in each row.)

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8a. Developing program strategy

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 8.6 4.8 -14.2 13.0 10.6-15.5
To a great extent 31.7 24.4-39.0 36.1 32.3-39.9
To a moderate extent 23.8 17.2-31.4 25.1 21.8-28.4
To a small extent 15.1 9.8 -21.9 13.3 10.6-16.0
To no extent 11.2 6.6 -17.4 5.0 3.7 -6.6
No basis to judge/Not applicable 8.9 4.9 -14.7 6.7 5.1 -8.6
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.8 0.2 -1.9

8b. Setting program priorities

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 11.4 6.9 -17.4 15.3 12.7-17.9
To a great extent 37.0 29.3-44.6 37.2 33.4-41.0
To a moderate extent 24.7 17.8-31.5 24.8 21.4-28.1
To a small extent 11.0 6.5 -17.1 11.3 8.8 -13.9
To no extent 9.8 5.6 -15.7 4.6 3.4 -6.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 5.5 2.4 -10.5 5.5 4.1 -7.3
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.3 0.6 -2.5

8c. Allocating resources

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 10.5 6.2 -16.4 16.0 13.1-18.8
To a great extent 29.2 22.0-36.3 34.7 31.0-38.5
To a moderate extent 25.8 18.8-32.8 25.4 22.1-28.8
To a small extent 16.5 10.9-23.4 10.5 8.2 -12.7
To no extent 9.8 5.6 -15.7 4.9 3.5 -6.6
No basis to judge/Not applicable 6.9 3.4 -12.2 5.5 4.0 -7.4
Missing or Nonresponse 1.4 0.2 -4.8 3.0 1.7 -4.9

8d. Identifying program problems to be addressed

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 13.5 8.5 -20.0 17.5 14.5-20.4
To a great extent 34.2 26.7-41.7 37.6 33.8-41.4
To a moderate extent 28.1 21.0-35.2 25.4 22.1-28.8
To a small extent 14.4 9.2 -21.1 10.3 8.0 -12.6
To no extent 7.1 3.6 -12.4 3.9 2.7 -5.4
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 4.2 2.9 -5.9
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 1.1 0.5 -2.3

8e. Taking corrective action to solve program problems

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 11.6 7.0 -17.8 19.4 16.3-22.6
To a great extent 35.4 27.8-42.9 34.1 30.4-37.7
To a moderate extent 29.4 22.2-36.7 26.7 23.2-30.2
To a small extent 12.4 7.5 -18.7 9.8 7.6 -12.0
To no extent 8.5 4.5 -14.1 4.3 3.1 -5.9
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 4.2 2.9 -5.9
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 1.5 0.6 -2.9

8f. Adopting new program approaches or changing work processes

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 7.3 3.7 -12.6 13.0 10.5-15.4
To a great extent 32.0 24.6-39.4 35.1 31.4-38.8
To a moderate extent 28.7 21.6-35.9 27.7 24.2-31.2
To a small extent 19.4 13.4-26.7 12.9 10.2-15.5
To no extent 8.5 4.5 -14.1 5.2 3.6 -7.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.1 1.5 -8.7 4.4 3.1 -6.1
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 1.7 0.8 -3.1

8g. Coordinating program efforts with other internal or external organizations

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 10.3 6.0 -16.2 11.4 8.9 -13.9
To a great extent 24.9 18.0-31.7 32.1 28.4-35.8
To a moderate extent 31.5 24.1-38.9 25.6 22.2-28.9
To a small extent 13.3 8.3 -19.7 17.1 14.1-20.1
To no extent 11.9 7.2 -18.2 6.6 4.9 -8.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 6.9 3.4 -12.2 5.8 4.3 -7.7
Missing or Nonresponse 1.4 0.2 -4.8 1.4 0.7 -2.5

8h. Refining program performance measures

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 8.2 4.4 -13.7 9.8 7.7 -11.9
To a great extent 26.2 19.3-33.1 34.0 30.2-37.7
To a moderate extent 30.2 22.9-37.5 23.5 20.3-26.7
To a small extent 17.4 11.7-24.4 14.6 11.8-17.5
To no extent 9.8 5.6 -15.7 7.9 6.0 -10.1
No basis to judge/Not applicable 7.5 3.9 -13.0 7.5 5.7 -9.5
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 2.7 1.3 -4.8

8i. Setting new or revising existing performance goals

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 10.3 6.0 -16.2 13.4 10.7-16.1
To a great extent 26.2 19.3-33.1 31.8 28.1-35.5
To a moderate extent 32.4 25.0-39.9 27.8 24.3-31.3
To a small extent 13.7 8.6 -20.3 13.9 11.2-16.5
To no extent 10.5 6.1 -16.5 6.3 4.7 -8.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 6.9 3.4 -12.2 6.0 4.4 -7.9
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.9 0.3 -2.0

8j. Setting individual job expectations for the government employees I manage or supervise

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 12.1 7.4 -18.4 18.4 15.2-21.6
To a great extent 41.5 33.7-49.3 37.4 33.6-41.1
To a moderate extent 24.7 17.8-31.5 25.4 22.1-28.8
To a small extent 11.2 6.6 -17.4 9.7 7.4 -11.9
To no extent 6.4 3.1 -11.5 5.0 3.5 -6.9
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 3.8 2.5 -5.4
Missing or Nonresponse 1.4 0.2 -4.8 0.4 0.2 -0.7

8k. Rewarding government employees I manage or supervise

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 16.2 10.7-23.1 17.4 14.3-20.4
To a great extent 32.8 25.4-40.3 33.2 29.6-36.9
To a moderate extent 28.5 21.4-35.7 25.6 22.2-29.0
To a small extent 13.9 8.8 -20.5 14.2 11.4-17.0
To no extent 5.0 2.1 -9.8 4.8 3.5 -6.5
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 4.2 2.9 -5.9
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.5 0.3 -1.0

8l. Developing and managing contracts

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 6.4 3.1 -11.5 6.8 5.2 -8.6
To a great extent 15.7 10.4-22.4 21.4 18.0-24.8
To a moderate extent 13.7 8.7 -20.0 17.0 14.1-20.0
To a small extent 15.3 10.0-22.1 12.6 9.8 -15.3
To no extent 13.9 8.8 -20.5 10.4 8.2 -12.6
No basis to judge/Not applicable 33.6 26.1-41.1 31.3 27.8-34.8
Missing or Nonresponse 1.4 0.2 -4.8 0.5 0.3 -0.8

8m. Identifying and sharing effective program approaches with others

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 6.6 3.3 -11.7 8.2 6.3 -10.4
To a great extent 21.4 15.3-28.7 32.9 29.1-36.6
To a moderate extent 26.9 19.9-34.0 27.7 24.3-31.1
To a small extent 24.9 18.0-31.8 16.1 13.3-18.9
To no extent 11.2 6.6 -17.4 8.2 6.1 -10.6
No basis to judge/Not applicable 8.9 4.9 -14.7 5.9 4.4 -7.8
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 1.0 0.6 -1.6

8n. Informing the public about how programs are performing

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 2.3 0.6 -6.0 3.4 2.5 -4.5
To a great extent 19.2 13.3-26.2 15.4 12.5-18.2
To a moderate extent 22.3 16.1-29.7 16.0 13.4-18.6
To a small extent 18.7 12.9-25.9 15.9 13.0-18.7
To no extent 17.4 11.7-24.4 18.2 15.1-21.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 18.7 12.9-25.9 30.6 26.9-34.3
Missing or Nonresponse 1.4 0.2 -4.8 0.5 0.3 -1.0

8o. Streamlining programs to reduce duplicative activities

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 8.7 4.7 -14.3 9.1 7.0 -11.7
To a great extent 17.3 11.8-24.1 28.1 24.5-31.8
To a moderate extent 27.2 20.1-34.2 24.4 21.1-27.6
To a small extent 18.1 12.3-25.2 19.4 16.2-22.5
To no extent 14.8 9.6 -21.5 9.6 7.6 -11.6
No basis to judge/Not applicable 11.9 7.2 -18.2 8.3 6.5 -10.3
Missing or Nonresponse 2.1 0.4 -5.8 1.1 0.4 -2.2

Section 3c - Performance Measurement (Hindrances)

9. Based on your experience with the program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) that you are involved with, to what extent, if at all, have the following factors hindered measuring performance or using the performance information? (Select one answer in each row.)

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9a. Difficulty determining meaningful measures

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 13.5 8.5 -20.0 10.8 8.4 -13.2
To a great extent 22.8 16.5-30.2 19.2 16.3-22.2
To a moderate extent 27.9 20.7-35.0 30.8 27.2-34.4
To a small extent 20.7 14.7-28.0 26.0 22.5-29.5
To no extent 13.0 8.1 -19.5 8.4 6.5 -10.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.1 0.4 -5.8 4.3 2.9 -6.2
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.3 0.1 -0.7

9b. Different parties are using different definitions to measure performance

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 9.1 5.1 -14.9 9.3 7.3 -11.7
To a great extent 21.9 15.6-29.4 23.0 19.6-26.4
To a moderate extent 26.2 19.3-33.2 26.7 23.3-30.2
To a small extent 22.1 15.9-29.5 21.8 18.5-25.0
To no extent 15.1 9.8 -21.9 10.3 8.2 -12.4
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 8.2 6.2 -10.6
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.7 0.2 -1.9

9c. Difficulty obtaining valid or reliable data

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 10.7 6.3 -16.8 8.0 6.1 -10.2
To a great extent 11.9 7.2 -18.2 17.5 14.5-20.5
To a moderate extent 29.9 22.6-37.1 28.9 25.3-32.4
To a small extent 27.6 20.5-34.7 27.1 23.6-30.6
To no extent 15.5 10.2-22.3 12.1 9.7 -14.4
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.1 1.5 -8.7 5.8 4.0 -8.1
Missing or Nonresponse 0.2 0.0 -3.5 0.8 0.4 -1.4

9d. Difficulty obtaining data in time to be useful

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 4.6 1.9 -9.1 5.9 4.3 -7.7
To a great extent 16.7 11.1-23.6 14.9 12.1-17.6
To a moderate extent 25.8 18.9-32.7 28.0 24.4-31.7
To a small extent 24.4 17.6-31.1 29.5 26.0-33.1
To no extent 23.1 16.6-30.6 14.8 12.3-17.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 5.7 3.9 -7.9
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.2 0.5 -2.3

9e. Lack of incentives (e.g., rewards, positive recognition)

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 14.2 9.0 -20.7 12.8 10.4-15.1
To a great extent 19.7 13.6-26.9 19.0 15.9-22.0
To a moderate extent 21.7 15.4-29.1 21.8 18.7-25.0
To a small extent 20.1 14.1-27.2 22.3 19.0-25.7
To no extent 20.3 14.3-27.5 16.6 13.6-19.6
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.4 1.1 -7.8 6.7 4.7 -9.2
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.8 0.4 -1.4

9f. Difficulty resolving conflicting interests of stakeholders, either internal or external

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 7.1 3.6 -12.4 8.6 6.5 -11.1
To a great extent 10.3 6.0 -16.2 16.6 13.5-19.7
To a moderate extent 29.2 22.0-36.4 26.5 23.1-29.9
To a small extent 26.0 19.1-33.0 25.9 22.5-29.3
To no extent 16.5 10.9-23.4 12.9 10.5-15.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 11.0 6.5 -17.1 8.4 6.6 -10.6
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 1.2 0.4 -2.7

9g. Difficulty distinguishing between the results produced by the program and results caused by other factors

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 5.9 2.8 -10.9 7.7 5.7 -10.1
To a great extent 13.7 8.7 -20.2 14.6 11.9-17.3
To a moderate extent 23.1 16.6-30.5 28.6 25.0-32.1
To a small extent 24.2 17.4-30.9 28.6 25.0-32.3
To no extent 20.1 14.0-27.4 12.8 10.3-15.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 11.0 6.5 -17.1 6.6 5.0 -8.5
Missing or Nonresponse 2.1 0.4 -5.8 1.1 0.7 -1.7

9h. Existing information technology and/or systems not capable of providing needed data

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 6.4 3.1 -11.5 8.5 6.5 -10.8
To a great extent 21.7 15.4-29.1 15.0 12.3-17.8
To a moderate extent 24.2 17.4-30.9 26.5 23.0-30.0
To a small extent 27.2 20.1-34.2 26.5 23.1-29.8
To no extent 12.3 7.6 -18.6 14.4 11.8-17.0
No basis to judge/Not applicable 7.5 3.9 -13.0 7.9 5.7 -10.5
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.3 0.5 -2.7

9i. Lack of staff who are knowledgeable about gathering and/or analyzing performance information

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 9.8 5.6 -15.7 7.8 5.9 -10.1
To a great extent 17.2 11.5-24.2 18.5 15.4-21.6
To a moderate extent 24.4 17.7-31.0 24.9 21.5-28.2
To a small extent 26.7 19.7-33.7 28.4 24.8-31.9
To no extent 15.8 10.3-22.6 14.2 11.6-16.8
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 5.2 3.8 -7.0
Missing or Nonresponse 1.4 0.2 -4.8 1.1 0.3 -2.6

9j. Lack of ongoing top executive commitment or support for using performance information to make program/funding decisions

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 13.5 8.5 -20.0 8.1 6.2 -10.2
To a great extent 16.0 10.5-22.9 13.0 10.3-15.6
To a moderate extent 17.8 12.1-24.8 19.6 16.4-22.8
To a small extent 15.3 10.0-22.0 27.3 23.8-30.9
To no extent 25.8 18.9-32.7 21.8 18.7-24.9
No basis to judge/Not applicable 11.0 6.5 -17.1 9.8 7.6 -12.1
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.4 0.2 -0.7

9k. Lack of ongoing Congressional commitment or support for using performance information to make program/funding decisions

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 20.8 14.6-28.2 9.6 7.5 -11.6
To a great extent 10.5 6.2 -16.4 12.5 9.9 -15.0
To a moderate extent 13.0 8.1 -19.4 14.7 12.0-17.4
To a small extent 10.7 6.3 -16.8 14.0 11.3-16.7
To no extent 11.6 7.1 -17.6 14.5 11.6-17.5
No basis to judge/Not applicable 32.7 25.2-40.2 34.3 30.6-38.0
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.4 0.2 -0.7

9l. Difficulty determining how to use performance information to improve the program

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 7.1 3.6 -12.4 3.8 2.6 -5.2
To a great extent 13.5 8.5 -20.0 12.9 10.2-15.5
To a moderate extent 25.1 18.2-32.0 24.5 21.2-27.8
To a small extent 28.5 21.4-35.6 31.9 28.2-35.6
To no extent 19.0 13.1-26.1 19.2 16.1-22.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 6.2 2.9 -11.3 7.1 5.3 -9.4
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.7 0.4 -1.2

9m. Concern that performance information could be used against my program or agency

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 8.9 4.9 -14.7 6.9 5.0 -9.2
To a great extent 5.0 2.1 -9.8 9.2 7.2 -11.5
To a moderate extent 17.6 11.9-24.5 17.2 14.4-20.1
To a small extent 24.4 17.6-31.2 22.2 19.0-25.4
To no extent 33.6 26.1-41.1 32.5 28.8-36.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 10.3 5.9 -16.3 10.8 8.5 -13.2
Missing or Nonresponse 0.2 0.0 -3.5 1.2 0.4 -2.7

9n. Concern that OMB will micromanage programs in my agency

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 10.3 5.9 -16.3 7.8 6.0 -10.1
To a great extent 9.6 5.4 -15.3 10.3 8.0 -12.6
To a moderate extent 16.7 11.1-23.5 13.4 11.0-15.8
To a small extent 16.0 10.6-22.7 16.5 13.6-19.4
To no extent 32.9 25.4-40.3 31.2 27.5-34.9
No basis to judge/Not applicable 13.9 8.8 -20.5 20.1 17.0-23.2
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.8 0.2 -1.9

Section 4 - Agency Climate

10. To what extent, if at all, do you agree with the following statements? (Select one answer in each row.)

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10a. Agency managers/supervisors at my level have the decision making authority they need to help the agency accomplish its strategic goals.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 6.1 2.9 -11.1 9.3 7.2 -11.8
To a great extent 25.3 18.5-32.1 26.5 23.1-30.0
To a moderate extent 28.3 21.2-35.5 34.4 30.7-38.1
To a small extent 28.1 21.0-35.3 21.9 18.7-25.0
To no extent 9.4 5.3 -15.1 6.8 5.0 -8.8
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 1.0 0.6 -1.6
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.2 0.0 -0.4

10b. Agency managers/supervisors at my level are held accountable for agency accomplishment of its strategic goals.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 16.7 11.1-23.5 17.3 14.6-20.0
To a great extent 45.9 38.0-53.8 42.3 38.4-46.1
To a moderate extent 22.1 15.8-29.6 23.5 20.2-26.7
To a small extent 10.3 5.9 -16.3 11.8 9.2 -14.5
To no extent 0.9 0.1 -3.9 3.4 1.9 -5.4
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.4 1.1 -7.8 1.5 0.8 -2.6
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.2 0.1 -0.5

10c. Agency managers/supervisors at my level are held accountable for the results of the program(s)/operation(s)/
project(s) they are responsible for.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 25.5 18.7-32.4 23.3 20.2-26.4
To a great extent 44.8 36.9-52.7 44.8 41.0-48.7
To a moderate extent 20.8 14.6-28.1 20.8 17.6-24.0
To a small extent 6.9 3.4 -12.2 7.1 5.0 -9.6
To no extent 0.0 0.0 -1.9 2.5 1.3 -4.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 1.4 0.2 -4.8 1.1 0.7 -1.8
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.4 0.2 -0.7

10d. Agency managers/supervisors at my level use performance information to recognize employees for their performance.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 13.9 8.8 -20.5 11.7 9.6 -13.9
To a great extent 34.4 26.9-41.9 37.4 33.6-41.2
To a moderate extent 31.3 23.9-38.7 31.0 27.3-34.7
To a small extent 16.0 10.5-22.9 14.8 12.0-17.6
To no extent 1.6 0.3 -5.0 2.9 2.0 -4.1
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 1.9 1.1 -2.9
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.3 0.1 -0.7

10e. Employees in my agency receive positive recognition for helping the agency accomplish its strategic goals.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 8.7 4.7 -14.3 9.3 7.2 -11.5
To a great extent 30.1 22.9-37.2 32.6 28.9-36.3
To a moderate extent 33.2 25.7-40.7 28.7 25.2-32.1
To a small extent 16.2 10.7-23.1 21.4 18.2-24.6
To no extent 9.1 5.1 -14.9 4.5 3.3 -6.0
No basis to judge/Not applicable 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.0 0.6 -1.5
Missing or Nonresponse 2.1 0.4 -5.8 2.5 1.2 -4.8

10f. My agency is investing the resources needed to ensure that its performance data is of sufficient quality.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 5.7 2.6 -10.7 6.2 4.4 -8.5
To a great extent 19.1 13.3-26.1 22.1 18.9-25.4
To a moderate extent 23.1 16.6-30.5 29.8 26.3-33.4
To a small extent 27.0 19.9-34.1 25.0 21.5-28.4
To no extent 9.8 5.6 -15.7 5.6 4.0 -7.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 14.6 9.4 -21.3 10.4 8.2 -12.5
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.8 0.3 -1.9

10g. My agency's top leadership demonstrates a strong commitment to achieving results.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 15.7 10.4-22.3 24.4 21.1-27.7
To a great extent 26.2 19.3-33.2 35.3 31.6-39.1
To a moderate extent 29.7 22.4-37.0 20.6 17.5-23.8
To a small extent 17.8 12.1-24.9 11.9 9.3 -14.4
To no extent 5.7 2.6 -10.7 4.4 2.9 -6.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 3.0 1.9 -4.5
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.3 0.1 -0.6

10h. My agency's top leadership demonstrates a strong commitment to using performance information to guide decision making.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 10.7 6.3 -16.6 12.4 9.9 -15.0
To a great extent 18.5 12.7-25.5 32.3 28.6-36.0
To a moderate extent 29.7 22.4-37.0 26.6 23.2-30.1
To a small extent 18.7 12.9-25.9 13.3 10.7-15.9
To no extent 7.8 4.0 -13.2 5.1 3.6 -7.0
No basis to judge/Not applicable 14.4 9.2 -21.1 9.9 7.8 -12.0
Missing or Nonresponse 0.2 0.0 -3.5 0.4 0.1 -0.7

10i. My agency is investing in resources to improve the agency's capacity to use performance information.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 6.8 3.4 -12.0 5.8 4.3 -7.6
To a great extent 15.0 9.8 -21.6 22.7 19.3-26.1
To a moderate extent 22.8 16.5-30.2 26.3 23.0-29.7
To a small extent 22.9 16.4-30.4 20.3 17.1-23.5
To no extent 9.1 5.1 -14.9 6.7 4.8 -9.1
No basis to judge/Not applicable 23.3 16.8-30.9 17.6 14.8-20.3
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.7 0.2 -1.9

10j. Agency managers/supervisors at my level take steps to align program performance measures with agencywide goals and objectives.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 15.9 10.6-22.6 11.8 9.6 -14.1
To a great extent 27.6 20.5-34.7 34.0 30.3-37.7
To a moderate extent 38.4 30.7-46.1 33.3 29.5-37.0
To a small extent 8.9 4.9 -14.7 13.3 10.6-16.0
To no extent 1.6 0.3 -5.0 3.9 2.4 -6.0
No basis to judge/Not applicable 7.5 3.9 -13.0 3.3 2.5 -4.2
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.4 0.1 -0.8

10k. Agency managers/supervisors at my level effectively communicate performance information on a routine basis.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 11.6 7.0 -17.8 9.6 7.6 -11.6
To a great extent 29.7 22.4-36.9 31.6 28.0-35.3
To a moderate extent 26.0 19.1-33.0 34.1 30.4-37.8
To a small extent 24.9 18.0-31.8 17.0 14.1-19.9
To no extent 2.3 0.6 -6.0 4.8 3.1 -6.9
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 2.4 1.5 -3.5
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.4 0.2 -0.8

10l. Agency managers/supervisors at my level take steps to ensure that performance information is useful and/or appropriate.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 8.9 4.9 -14.5 7.9 6.2 -9.9
To a great extent 31.3 23.9-38.6 31.7 28.0-35.3
To a moderate extent 30.6 23.3-37.9 35.9 32.1-39.6
To a small extent 22.2 15.8-29.7 15.8 13.0-18.6
To no extent 3.0 0.9 -7.0 5.0 3.2 -7.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.4 1.1 -7.8 2.8 1.9 -3.9
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.0 0.4 -2.0

10m. Agency managers/supervisors at my level use performance information to share effective program approaches with others.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 5.9 2.8 -10.9 6.9 5.4 -8.8
To a great extent 23.5 17.1-31.0 27.4 23.9-31.0
To a moderate extent 31.5 24.1-38.9 32.0 28.3-35.6
To a small extent 23.1 16.6-30.6 21.5 18.3-24.6
To no extent 9.8 5.6 -15.7 7.3 5.3 -9.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 6.2 2.9 -11.3 4.6 3.2 -6.3
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.3 0.1 -0.6

Section 4 - Agency Climate (Continued)

The items listed in question 11 below focus on the program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) that you are responsible for.

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11. To what extent, if at all, do you agree with the following statements? (Select one answer in each row.)

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11a. The individual I report to periodically reviews with me the results or outcomes of the
program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) that I am responsible for.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 17.1 11.5-24.1 19.8 16.6-22.9
To a great extent 31.0 23.7-38.4 31.1 27.5-34.6
To a moderate extent 27.9 20.7-35.0 24.7 21.2-28.2
To a small extent 15.8 10.4-22.5 15.4 12.6-18.1
To no extent 8.2 4.4 -13.9 7.4 5.5 -9.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 0.0 0.0 -1.9 1.3 0.8 -2.1
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.4 0.2 -0.7

11b. Funding decisions for the
program(s)/operation(s)/project(s)
I am responsible for are based on results or outcome-oriented performance information.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 3.6 1.3 -7.9 6.1 4.3 -8.4
To a great extent 14.1 9.1 -20.5 20.3 17.0-23.7
To a moderate extent 21.2 15.0-28.6 22.3 19.1-25.6
To a small extent 22.8 16.4-30.3 21.7 18.5-24.8
To no extent 22.2 15.8-29.7 15.3 12.5-18.0
No basis to judge/Not applicable 16.0 10.5-22.9 13.7 11.3-16.0
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.6 0.3 -1.1

11c. Changes by management above my level to the program(s)/
operation(s)/project(s) I am responsible for are based on results or outcome-oriented performance information.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.4 0.2 -4.8 5.2 3.7 -7.1
To a great extent 18.5 12.7-25.5 19.3 16.1-22.4
To a moderate extent 20.1 14.1-27.2 25.1 21.7-28.4
To a small extent 24.7 17.8-31.5 24.5 21.0-28.0
To no extent 16.9 11.3-23.8 14.2 11.5-16.9
No basis to judge/Not applicable 17.8 12.1-24.9 10.9 8.9 -13.0
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.8 0.5 -1.4

11d. I have sufficient information on the validity of the performance data I use to make decisions.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 5.7 2.6 -10.7 7.1 5.3 -9.2
To a great extent 22.3 16.1-29.6 29.0 25.4-32.5
To a moderate extent 35.7 28.0-43.3 34.2 30.5-37.9
To a small extent 20.3 14.2-27.6 15.9 13.2-18.7
To no extent 6.4 3.1 -11.5 7.3 5.3 -9.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 8.9 4.9 -14.7 5.6 4.0 -7.4
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.9 0.3 -2.1

12. To what extent, if at all, do you believe that the following persons or entities pay attention to your agency's use of performance information in management decision making? (Select one answer in each row.)

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12a. Department Secretary (if applicable)

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 10.3 6.0 -16.2 7.4 5.6 -9.5
To a great extent 17.3 11.8-24.1 14.5 11.9-17.1
To a moderate extent 13.4 8.5 -19.8 15.8 12.9-18.7
To a small extent 15.3 10.0-22.1 11.9 9.5 -14.3
To no extent 11.9 7.2 -18.2 11.7 8.9 -14.9
No basis to judge/Not applicable 31.8 24.4-39.2 37.4 33.7-41.1
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 1.3 0.6 -2.4

12b. Agency head other than Department Secretary (if applicable)

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 11.9 7.2 -18.0 11.3 9.1 -13.5
To a great extent 19.6 13.7-26.7 20.0 16.9-23.0
To a moderate extent 17.1 11.5-24.1 17.4 14.5-20.3
To a small extent 12.8 7.9 -19.2 13.0 10.4-15.6
To no extent 11.9 7.2 -18.2 9.2 6.8 -12.1
No basis to judge/Not applicable 26.8 19.7-33.8 26.5 23.0-29.9
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 2.7 1.4 -4.5

12c. The individual I report to

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 16.9 11.3-23.8 20.8 17.7-23.9
To a great extent 29.4 22.2-36.6 32.6 29.0-36.2
To a moderate extent 29.9 22.6-37.2 26.1 22.6-29.6
To a small extent 13.9 8.8 -20.5 12.0 9.5 -14.6
To no extent 5.0 2.1 -9.8 5.2 3.6 -7.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 2.7 1.7 -4.2
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.6 0.1 -1.8

12d. Employees that report to me

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 8.5 4.5 -14.1 10.7 8.3 -13.0
To a great extent 28.5 21.4-35.6 29.1 25.5-32.6
To a moderate extent 26.2 19.3-33.2 30.3 26.8-33.9
To a small extent 20.1 14.0-27.4 18.3 15.2-21.5
To no extent 7.8 4.0 -13.2 6.0 4.4 -7.9
No basis to judge/Not applicable 8.2 4.4 -13.9 4.4 3.2 -5.9
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.3 0.6 -2.4

12e. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 9.4 5.3 -15.1 7.1 5.5 -8.9
To a great extent 16.4 11.0-23.2 14.4 11.7-17.0
To a moderate extent 14.1 9.1 -20.5 17.5 14.5-20.4
To a small extent 7.5 3.9 -13.0 11.4 8.9 -13.9
To no extent 11.2 6.6 -17.4 9.4 6.9 -12.4
No basis to judge/Not applicable 41.4 33.6-49.2 39.4 35.6-43.2
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.9 0.3 -2.1

12f. Other federal agencies

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 0.7 0.0 -3.7 2.2 1.4 -3.4
To a great extent 5.0 2.1 -9.8 8.7 6.5 -11.4
To a moderate extent 15.0 9.8 -21.5 13.7 11.4-16.0
To a small extent 14.4 9.2 -21.0 16.5 13.5-19.6
To no extent 17.8 12.1-24.8 13.0 10.3-15.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 47.1 39.2-55.0 44.9 41.1-48.8
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.9 0.3 -2.0

12g. Congressional committees

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 5.0 2.1 -9.8 6.4 4.6 -8.7
To a great extent 11.0 6.5 -17.1 10.8 8.5 -13.1
To a moderate extent 9.3 5.3 -14.9 12.1 9.9 -14.3
To a small extent 13.2 8.3 -19.6 14.7 12.0-17.4
To no extent 13.9 8.9 -20.4 12.5 9.7 -15.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 46.9 39.0-54.8 41.6 37.8-45.5
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.8 0.9 -3.3

12h. The audit community (e.g., GAO, Inspectors General)

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 7.8 4.0 -13.2 9.8 7.6 -12.0
To a great extent 16.9 11.3-23.7 18.1 15.0-21.1
To a moderate extent 13.2 8.3 -19.5 15.6 13.0-18.1
To a small extent 14.4 9.2 -21.0 12.6 9.8 -15.4
To no extent 8.5 4.5 -14.1 7.7 5.6 -10.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 38.6 30.9-46.4 35.1 31.5-38.8
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.1 0.5 -2.2

12i. The general public

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 3.0 0.9 -7.0 4.1 2.7 -5.9
To a great extent 8.0 4.2 -13.4 5.8 4.5 -7.2
To a moderate extent 14.8 9.6 -21.4 14.7 12.1-17.3
To a small extent 20.6 14.4-27.9 18.5 15.6-21.3
To no extent 20.3 14.3-27.5 18.5 15.4-21.6
No basis to judge/Not applicable 32.7 25.2-40.2 37.1 33.2-40.9
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.4 0.6 -2.9

Section 5 - Training

13. During the past 3 years, has your agency provided, arranged, or paid for training that would help you to accomplish the following tasks? (Select one answer in each row.)

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13a. Conduct strategic planning

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Yes 40.4 32.6-48.1 44.8 40.9-48.6
No 59.6 51.9-67.4 55.0 51.1-58.9
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.2 0.1 -0.5

13b. Set program performance goals

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Yes 44.5 36.6-52.3 51.7 47.8-55.5
No 55.5 47.7-63.4 48.1 44.2-51.9
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.3 0.1 -0.6

13c. Develop program performance measures

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Yes 44.9 37.1-52.8 47.4 43.5-51.3
No 53.7 45.8-61.6 51.9 48.0-55.8
Missing or Nonresponse 1.4 0.2 -4.8 0.7 0.4 -1.1

13d. Assess the quality of performance data

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Yes 30.6 23.3-37.8 39.0 35.1-42.8
No 68.1 60.7-75.4 60.1 56.2-63.9
Missing or Nonresponse 1.4 0.2 -4.8 1.0 0.6 -1.5

13e. Use program performance information to make decisions

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Yes 39.7 32.0-47.5 44.2 40.3-48.0
No 59.6 51.8-67.4 54.5 50.6-58.3
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.4 0.5 -2.8

13f. Link the performance of program(s)/operation(s)/
project(s) to the achievement of agency strategic goals

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Yes 38.6 30.8-46.3 44.7 40.9-48.6
No 60.8 53.0-68.5 53.7 49.9-57.6
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.5 0.8 -2.7

Section 6 - GPRA Modernization Act of 2010

Please note: In the following set of questions, we are asking about activities required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), as amended by the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. This Act builds on performance accountability and reporting processes established by GPRA by, among other things, requiring agencies to work together to improve government performance on shared goals.

You may have been involved in some of the activities required by the GPRA Modernization Act--such as, cross-agency priority goals, agency priority goals, and quarterly performance reviews related to agency priority goals--but may not be aware of their relationship to the Act. Please answer these questions to the best of your ability.

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14. Prior to receiving this questionnaire, which of the following statements best describes your awareness of the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010? (Select one.)

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
I had never heard of the GPRA Modernization Act. 38.4 30.7-46.2 48.8 44.9-52.6
I had heard of the GPRA Modernization Act, but had no knowledge of its requirements. 14.6 9.4 -21.3 13.4 10.9-16.0
I had heard of the GPRA Modernization Act and had a low level of knowledge of its requirements. 30.8 23.5-38.1 19.3 16.4-22.3
I had heard of the GPRA Modernization Act and had moderate knowledge of its requirements. 13.6 8.7 -20.0 15.7 12.9-18.4
I had heard of the GPRA Modernization Act and had extensive knowledge of its requirements. 2.5 0.7 -6.3 2.5 1.7 -3.5
Missing or Nonresponse 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.3 0.1 -0.9

Section 6a. - Cross-Agency Priority Goals



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Please note: Federal government cross-agency priority goals, also referred to as crosscutting goals, require the collaboration of multiple agencies to achieve the goals. The Administration has identified 14 cross-agency priority goals that were published concurrently with the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget of the U.S. Government.

1. Exports - Double U.S. exports by the end of 2014.

2. Entrepreneurship and Small Business - Increase federal services to entrepreneurs and small businesses with an emphasis on 1) startups and growing firms and 2) underserved markets.

3. Broadband - As part of expanding all broadband capabilities, ensure 4G broadband coverage for 98 percent of Americans by 2016.

4. Energy Efficiency - Reduce energy intensity (energy demand/$ real GDP) 50 percent by 2035 (2010 as base year).

5. Veteran Career Readiness - By September 30, 2013, increase the percent of eligible service members who will be served by career readiness and preparedness programs from 50 percent to 90 percent in order to improve their competitiveness in the job market.

6. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education - In support of the President's goal that the U.S. have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, the Federal Government will work with education partners to improve the quality of STEM education at all levels to help increase the number of well-prepared graduates with STEM degrees by one-third over the next 10 years, resulting in an additional 1 million graduates with degrees in STEM subjects.

7. Job Training - Ensure our country has one of the most skilled workforces in the world by preparing 2 million workers with skills training by 2015 and improving coordination and delivery of job training services.

8. Cybersecurity - Achieve 95% use of critical cybersecurity capabilities on federal executive branch information systems by 2014, including strong authentication, Trusted Internet Connections (TIC), and Continuous Monitoring.

9. Sustainability - By 2020, the Federal Government will reduce its direct greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent and will reduce its indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 13 percent by 2020 (from 2008 baseline).

10. Real Property - The Federal Government will manage real property effectively to generate $3 billion in cost savings by the end of 2012.

11. Improper Payments - The Federal Government will reduce the government-wide improper payment rate by at least two percentage points by FY 2014.

12. Data Center Consolidation - Improve IT service delivery, reduce waste and save $3 billion in taxpayer dollars by closing at least 1,200 data centers by FY 2015.

13. Closing Skills Gaps - By September 30, 2013, close the skills gaps by 50 percent for 3 to 5 critical Federal Government occupations or competencies, and close additional agency-specific high risk occupation and competency gaps.

14. Strategic Sourcing - Reduce the costs of acquiring common products and services by agencies' strategic sourcing of at least two new commodities or services in both 2013 and 2014 that yield at least a 10 percent savings.

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15. How familiar are you with one or more of the cross-agency priority goals? (Select one.)

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Very familiar - Continue with question 16. 25.3 18.5-32.1 14.5 12.0-17.1
Somewhat familiar - Continue with question 16. 41.5 33.7-49.4 43.1 39.2-46.9
Not familiar - Skip to Section 6b - Agency Priority Goals 31.8 24.4-39.2 40.5 36.7-44.2
Missing or Nonresponse 1.4 0.2 -4.8 1.9 1.0 -3.3

16. To what extent, if at all, do you agree with the following statements as they relate to one or more of the cross-agency priority goals listed above? (Select one answer in each row.)

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16a. I have been involved in creating the cross-agency priority goals.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 0.2 0.0 -3.5 2.0 1.0 -3.4
To a great extent 3.9 1.4 -8.2 3.0 1.7 -4.8
To a moderate extent 8.2 4.4 -13.6 7.0 5.0 -9.3
To a small extent 10.2 6.0 -16.0 10.1 7.7 -12.5
To no extent 38.2 30.5-45.9 31.7 28.1-35.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 3.7 2.5 -5.3
Missing or Nonresponse 34.5 27.0-42.1 42.6 38.8-46.4

16b. The program(s)/operation(s)/
project(s) I am involved with contribute to the achievement of one or more cross-agency priority goals.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 11.9 7.2 -18.0 6.5 4.9 -8.5
To a great extent 13.9 8.9 -20.4 11.6 9.2 -14.1
To a moderate extent 13.9 8.9 -20.4 17.3 14.1-20.4
To a small extent 15.5 10.2-22.2 11.0 8.7 -13.3
To no extent 5.5 2.4 -10.5 7.4 5.5 -9.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.4 1.1 -7.8 3.6 2.2 -5.4
Missing or Nonresponse 35.9 28.3-43.5 42.6 38.8-46.4

16c. I have collaborated outside of my program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) to help achieve the cross-agency priority goals.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 6.4 3.1 -11.5 4.0 2.7 -5.6
To a great extent 9.8 5.6 -15.5 6.9 5.3 -8.9
To a moderate extent 11.9 7.2 -18.0 12.0 9.4 -14.7
To a small extent 15.3 10.0-22.0 11.4 9.0 -13.9
To no extent 17.4 11.7-24.4 18.6 15.5-21.8
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 4.2 2.7 -6.2
Missing or Nonresponse 34.5 27.0-42.1 42.8 39.0-46.6

16d. Cross-agency priority goals have had an impact on decision making regarding the
program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) I am involved with.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 8.5 4.5 -14.1 4.3 3.0 -5.9
To a great extent 9.6 5.4 -15.3 9.4 7.1 -12.1
To a moderate extent 14.8 9.6 -21.4 13.3 10.6-16.0
To a small extent 15.5 10.2-22.2 12.1 9.6 -14.6
To no extent 10.0 5.8 -15.9 12.4 9.9 -15.0
No basis to judge/Not applicable 6.4 3.1 -11.5 5.9 4.2 -8.2
Missing or Nonresponse 35.2 27.6-42.8 42.6 38.8-46.4

16e. My agency has communicated to its employees about its progress in contributing to relevant cross-agency priority goals.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 3.9 1.4 -8.2 3.4 2.1 -5.2
To a great extent 11.4 6.8 -17.6 8.4 6.4 -10.9
To a moderate extent 10.7 6.3 -16.6 10.9 8.5 -13.2
To a small extent 15.0 9.8 -21.6 15.6 12.7-18.5
To no extent 19.7 13.6-26.9 14.4 11.7-17.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.1 1.5 -8.7 4.6 3.1 -6.6
Missing or Nonresponse 35.2 27.6-42.8 42.6 38.8-46.4

Section 6b. - Agency Priority Goals



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Please note: Agency priority goals are a limited number of performance goals that advance progress towards the agency's strategic goals, near-term outcomes, and improvements in customer responsiveness, or efficiencies. These goals are to reflect the highest priorities of the agency. Your agency's priority goals as published concurrently with the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget of the U.S. Government are listed below. (Note: Some agencies may be in the process of updating these goals.)

Department of Agriculture's Priority Goals

• Further improve the high payment accuracy of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

• Assist rural communities to build and maintain prosperity through increased agricultural exports.

• Accelerate the protection of clean, abundant water resources by implementing high impact targeted practices through USDA's Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Farm Service Agency programs on 4 million acres within critical and /or impaired watersheds.

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17. How familiar are you with one or more of USDA's priority goals? (Select one.)

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Very familiar - Continue with question 18. 21.6 15.5-28.9 40.9 37.2-44.6
Somewhat familiar - Continue with question 18. 36.3 28.7-43.9 40.6 36.7-44.4
Not familiar - Skip to Section 6c - Quarterly Performance Reviews 40.7 32.9-48.5 16.5 13.6-19.5
Missing or Nonresponse 1.4 0.2 -4.8 2.0 1.2 -3.1

18. To what extent, if at all, do you agree with the following statements as they relate to USDA's priority goals? (Select one answer in each row.)

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18a. I have been involved in creating my agency's priority goals.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.1 0.1 -4.3 5.0 3.3 -7.4
To a great extent 4.3 1.7 -8.7 6.8 4.9 -9.1
To a moderate extent 5.9 2.8 -10.7 11.7 9.1 -14.8
To a small extent 8.9 4.9 -14.7 13.8 11.1-16.5
To no extent 29.5 22.2-36.8 39.8 36.1-43.5
No basis to judge/Not applicable 6.2 2.9 -11.3 4.1 3.1 -5.3
Missing or Nonresponse 44.1 36.3-52.0 18.8 15.8-21.8

18b. My agency's priority goals reflect the highest priorities of my agency.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 6.1 2.9 -11.1 15.3 12.9-17.8
To a great extent 19.8 13.9-26.9 28.9 25.4-32.4
To a moderate extent 13.5 8.5 -20.0 18.6 15.4-21.7
To a small extent 8.2 4.4 -13.9 8.0 6.0 -10.4
To no extent 3.4 1.1 -7.8 3.8 2.3 -5.9
No basis to judge/Not applicable 6.9 3.4 -12.2 6.7 4.8 -9.1
Missing or Nonresponse 42.1 34.2-49.9 18.7 15.7-21.7

18c. My agency's priority goals measure if the program is achieving its intended purpose, instead of focusing solely on what can easily be measured.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 4.8 2.0 -9.4 7.5 5.8 -9.4
To a great extent 14.3 9.3 -20.8 22.8 19.6-26.1
To a moderate extent 15.5 10.2-22.2 21.2 18.0-24.3
To a small extent 9.6 5.4 -15.5 10.8 8.4 -13.2
To no extent 3.4 1.1 -7.8 4.6 3.0 -6.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 10.3 5.9 -16.3 14.0 11.2-16.8
Missing or Nonresponse 42.1 34.2-49.9 19.2 16.2-22.2

18d. My agency has communicated to employees about its progress toward achieving priority goals.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 4.6 1.9 -9.1 7.1 5.6 -8.6
To a great extent 12.9 8.1 -19.2 23.9 20.6-27.3
To a moderate extent 16.4 11.0-23.2 20.2 17.2-23.1
To a small extent 14.4 9.2 -21.1 17.3 14.2-20.4
To no extent 7.5 3.9 -13.0 8.5 6.2 -11.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.1 0.4 -5.8 3.8 2.4 -5.6
Missing or Nonresponse 42.1 34.2-49.9 19.3 16.2-22.4

18e. The program(s)/operation(s)/
project(s) I am involved with contribute to the achievement of one or more of my agency's priority goals.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 12.3 7.6 -18.4 17.4 14.7-20.1
To a great extent 17.8 12.1-24.7 24.2 20.9-27.5
To a moderate extent 10.0 5.8 -15.9 19.9 16.6-23.1
To a small extent 10.3 5.9 -16.3 10.4 8.1 -13.2
To no extent 4.1 1.5 -8.7 5.7 4.0 -7.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.4 1.1 -7.8 3.1 1.9 -4.8
Missing or Nonresponse 42.1 34.2-49.9 19.4 16.3-22.4

18f. I have collaborated outside of my
program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) to help achieve one or more of my agency's priority goals.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 9.8 5.6 -15.5 9.6 7.6 -11.7
To a great extent 8.6 4.8 -14.2 17.8 14.7-20.9
To a moderate extent 9.6 5.4 -15.3 16.9 14.0-19.8
To a small extent 13.5 8.5 -20.0 14.2 11.5-17.0
To no extent 12.4 7.5 -18.7 16.0 13.2-18.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.1 1.5 -8.7 6.4 4.5 -8.7
Missing or Nonresponse 42.1 34.2-49.9 19.1 16.0-22.2

18g. My agency uses the information collected on agency priority goals to make decisions regarding the
program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) I am involved with.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 4.6 1.9 -9.1 7.4 5.8 -9.3
To a great extent 11.6 7.0 -17.6 21.8 18.4-25.1
To a moderate extent 13.5 8.5 -20.0 17.2 14.3-20.1
To a small extent 8.2 4.4 -13.7 11.2 8.8 -13.6
To no extent 6.2 2.9 -11.3 7.5 5.7 -9.8
No basis to judge/Not applicable 13.9 8.8 -20.5 16.0 13.1-18.9
Missing or Nonresponse 42.1 34.2-49.9 18.9 15.9-21.9

Section 6c. - Quarterly Performance Reviews

Please note: Quarterly performance reviews are regular meetings held at the highest levels of your agency to examine progress toward accomplishing agency priority goals, and in some cases, other agency performance goals. These reviews should, among other things, assess agencies' coordination efforts; activities and contributions to goals; and strategies for improvement, when applicable. Quarterly performance reviews are to involve key leadership and other relevant parties and may be conducted more frequently. Some agencies refer to these reviews as "stat" meetings or data-driven performance reviews. We are only interested in quarterly performance reviews that take place at the highest level of your cabinet-level department or independent agency.

When we refer to "quarterly performance reviews" in the following questions, we refer to all aspects of these reviews, including preparation, review and follow-up.

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19. How familiar are you with USDA's quarterly performance reviews? (Select one.)

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Very familiar - Continue with question 20. 8.0 4.2 -13.4 11.8 9.3 -14.4
Somewhat familiar - Continue with question 20. 11.9 7.2 -18.0 21.3 18.1-24.5
Not familiar - Skip to Section 7 - Program Evaluations 79.5 72.2-85.5 66.0 62.3-69.7
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.9 0.5 -1.3

20. To what extent, if at all, do you agree with the following statements as they relate to USDA's quarterly performance reviews? (Select one answer in each row.)

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20a. Overall, the program(s)/
operation(s)/project(s) that I am involved with has been the subject of these reviews.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 2.1 0.4 -5.8 4.2 2.8 -6.0
To a great extent 6.6 3.3 -11.7 8.7 6.5 -11.2
To a moderate extent 5.5 2.5 -10.2 9.3 7.1 -11.9
To a small extent 2.1 0.4 -5.8 6.0 4.3 -8.1
To no extent 2.3 0.6 -6.0 1.7 1.2 -2.4
No basis to judge/Not applicable 1.4 0.2 -4.8 2.9 1.7 -4.5
Missing or Nonresponse 80.2 73.0-86.1 67.3 63.6-70.9

20b. These reviews are held on a regular, routine basis.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 2.3 0.6 -6.0 5.7 4.0 -7.8
To a great extent 6.9 3.4 -12.2 10.7 8.3 -13.6
To a moderate extent 3.6 1.3 -7.8 8.0 5.9 -10.4
To a small extent 2.7 0.8 -6.8 4.2 2.8 -6.2
To no extent 2.1 0.4 -5.8 0.7 0.3 -1.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.3 0.6 -6.0 3.7 2.6 -5.1
Missing or Nonresponse 80.2 73.0-86.1 67.0 63.3-70.6

20c. These reviews focus on goals and objectives that are aligned with my agency's strategic and performance plans.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 3.0 0.9 -7.0 6.6 4.8 -8.9
To a great extent 8.7 4.7 -14.3 9.8 7.6 -12.4
To a moderate extent 3.4 1.2 -7.5 8.7 6.7 -11.1
To a small extent 2.1 0.4 -5.8 3.3 1.9 -5.1
To no extent 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.6 0.3 -1.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 1.4 0.2 -4.8 3.5 2.3 -5.1
Missing or Nonresponse 80.8 73.8-86.7 67.4 63.8-71.0

20d. Agency leadership actively participates in these reviews.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 4.3 1.7 -8.9 7.8 5.8 -10.2
To a great extent 6.8 3.4 -12.0 10.6 8.2 -13.1
To a moderate extent 1.6 0.3 -5.0 6.9 5.1 -9.0
To a small extent 2.7 0.8 -6.8 2.1 1.1 -3.5
To no extent 2.1 0.4 -5.8 0.6 0.2 -1.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.3 0.6 -6.0 5.2 3.5 -7.3
Missing or Nonresponse 80.2 73.0-86.1 66.9 63.3-70.6

20e. My agency uses these reviews to identify problems or opportunities associated with agency performance goals.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 2.3 0.6 -6.0 5.3 3.7 -7.2
To a great extent 7.5 3.9 -12.8 10.7 8.1 -13.2
To a moderate extent 2.5 0.7 -6.3 8.6 6.5 -11.2
To a small extent 3.4 1.1 -7.8 2.7 1.7 -4.2
To no extent 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.5 0.2 -1.0
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 4.7 3.3 -6.5
Missing or Nonresponse 80.8 73.8-86.7 67.5 63.9-71.2

20f. Agency leadership uses these reviews to help achieve agency performance goals.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.6 0.3 -5.0 6.1 4.4 -8.3
To a great extent 8.4 4.6 -13.9 10.5 8.0 -12.9
To a moderate extent 2.3 0.6 -6.0 7.9 6.0 -10.2
To a small extent 3.4 1.1 -7.8 2.7 1.6 -4.4
To no extent 1.4 0.2 -4.8 0.5 0.2 -1.0
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 5.3 3.7 -7.2
Missing or Nonresponse 80.2 73.0-86.1 67.0 63.3-70.6

20g. These reviews include staff with relevant knowledge needed to facilitate problem solving and identify improvement opportunities.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.4 0.2 -4.8 5.0 3.4 -6.9
To a great extent 4.8 2.0 -9.4 9.9 7.6 -12.5
To a moderate extent 4.6 1.9 -9.1 7.8 5.8 -10.3
To a small extent 4.8 2.0 -9.6 3.8 2.4 -5.6
To no extent 1.4 0.2 -4.8 0.6 0.3 -1.1
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.0 0.9 -7.0 5.9 4.2 -8.0
Missing or Nonresponse 80.2 73.0-86.1 67.1 63.4-70.7

20h. These reviews include officials external to the agency who contribute to the goals discussed at the reviews.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 0.7 0.0 -3.7 3.4 2.0 -5.5
To a great extent 2.1 0.4 -5.8 5.9 4.2 -8.2
To a moderate extent 4.1 1.6 -8.5 6.6 4.8 -8.9
To a small extent 5.5 2.4 -10.5 4.5 3.0 -6.5
To no extent 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.8 1.3 -2.5
No basis to judge/Not applicable 6.8 3.4 -12.0 10.6 8.2 -12.9
Missing or Nonresponse 80.2 73.0-86.1 67.1 63.5-70.8

20i. My agency has the performance information needed for these reviews.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.4 0.2 -4.8 4.4 3.0 -6.2
To a great extent 6.8 3.4 -12.0 11.7 9.1 -14.3
To a moderate extent 4.3 1.7 -8.9 8.5 6.4 -10.9
To a small extent 2.7 0.8 -6.8 2.5 1.4 -4.2
To no extent 1.4 0.2 -4.8 0.6 0.3 -1.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.2 1.0 -7.3 5.3 3.8 -7.3
Missing or Nonresponse 80.2 73.0-86.1 67.0 63.4-70.7

20j. My agency has the capacity to analyze the performance information needed for these reviews.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.4 0.2 -4.8 4.0 2.8 -5.6
To a great extent 6.4 3.1 -11.4 12.6 9.9 -15.3
To a moderate extent 5.7 2.6 -10.7 10.3 7.9 -12.7
To a small extent 4.3 1.7 -8.9 2.1 1.1 -3.5
To no extent 0.0 0.0 -1.9 0.5 0.2 -1.0
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.1 0.4 -5.8 3.6 2.4 -5.2
Missing or Nonresponse 80.2 73.0-86.1 67.0 63.3-70.6

20k. Performance information for these reviews is communicated to relevant parties in an easy-to-understand, useful format.

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.4 0.2 -4.8 3.1 2.0 -4.4
To a great extent 4.6 1.9 -9.1 9.3 7.1 -12.0
To a moderate extent 5.2 2.3 -10.0 11.0 8.6 -13.5
To a small extent 5.0 2.1 -9.8 3.7 2.4 -5.3
To no extent 1.4 0.2 -4.8 0.8 0.4 -1.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.3 0.6 -6.0 5.1 3.4 -7.1
Missing or Nonresponse 80.2 73.0-86.1 67.1 63.4-70.7

20l. My agency has a process in place for following up on problems or opportunities identified through these reviews.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 0.2 0.0 -3.5 3.9 2.5 -5.7
To a great extent 6.6 3.3 -11.7 10.7 8.2 -13.2
To a moderate extent 5.9 2.8 -10.9 9.4 7.2 -12.0
To a small extent 4.3 1.7 -8.9 3.6 2.3 -5.3
To no extent 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.8 0.4 -1.4
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.1 0.4 -5.8 4.5 3.1 -6.3
Missing or Nonresponse 80.2 73.0-86.1 67.2 63.6-70.9

20m. Program managers/supervisors at my level are recognized for meeting performance goals discussed at these reviews.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 0.9 0.1 -3.9 3.5 2.2 -5.2
To a great extent 1.8 0.4 -5.3 8.9 6.6 -11.6
To a moderate extent 6.2 2.9 -11.3 7.9 6.2 -10.0
To a small extent 4.1 1.5 -8.7 6.0 4.1 -8.5
To no extent 3.6 1.3 -7.9 2.6 1.9 -3.4
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.0 0.9 -7.0 4.2 2.8 -6.0
Missing or Nonresponse 80.4 73.2-86.3 67.0 63.4-70.7

20n. Program managers/supervisors at my level are penalized for not meeting performance goals discussed at these reviews.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.5 1.0 -2.0
To a great extent 3.0 0.9 -7.0 6.8 4.8 -9.4
To a moderate extent 5.0 2.1 -9.8 8.5 6.5 -10.9
To a small extent 3.6 1.3 -7.9 6.0 4.3 -8.1
To no extent 3.6 1.3 -7.9 2.9 1.9 -4.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.9 1.4 -8.2 7.2 5.3 -9.6
Missing or Nonresponse 80.2 73.0-86.1 67.0 63.4-70.7

20o. Discussion at these reviews provides a forum for honest, constructive feedback.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 0.4 0.0 -3.5 2.0 1.2 -3.0
To a great extent 4.6 1.9 -9.1 8.8 6.5 -11.5
To a moderate extent 5.7 2.6 -10.7 9.0 6.9 -11.6
To a small extent 2.3 0.6 -6.0 5.1 3.4 -7.2
To no extent 3.4 1.1 -7.8 1.6 1.1 -2.4
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 6.4 4.7 -8.5
Missing or Nonresponse 80.8 73.8-86.7 67.1 63.4-70.7

20p. These reviews have led to similar meetings at lower levels.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 0.2 0.0 -3.5 3.0 1.8 -4.6
To a great extent 3.9 1.4 -8.2 7.6 5.7 -10.0
To a moderate extent 5.0 2.1 -9.8 8.4 6.4 -10.8
To a small extent 3.0 0.9 -7.0 5.3 3.5 -7.7
To no extent 4.1 1.5 -8.7 2.9 1.9 -4.1
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.0 0.9 -7.0 5.6 3.9 -7.7
Missing or Nonresponse 80.8 73.8-86.7 67.2 63.5-70.8

20q. I think my agency's quarterly performance reviews are worthwhile.

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 0.9 0.1 -3.9 4.1 2.7 -6.1
To a great extent 4.8 2.0 -9.4 8.4 6.3 -11.0
To a moderate extent 6.4 3.1 -11.5 10.3 7.8 -12.7
To a small extent 2.7 0.8 -6.8 3.4 2.3 -4.8
To no extent 3.6 1.3 -7.9 2.1 1.1 -3.5
No basis to judge/Not applicable 1.4 0.2 -4.8 4.7 3.3 -6.5
Missing or Nonresponse 80.2 73.0-86.1 67.0 63.4-70.7

Section 7 - Program Evaluations

Please note: Program Evaluations are individual, systematic studies using research methods to assess how well a program, operation or project is achieving its objectives and the reasons why it may, or may not, be performing as expected. Program evaluations answer specific questions such as how well a program is operating, whether a program is reaching targeted recipients, why a program is not achieving its desired outcomes, or whether one approach is more effective than another.

Program evaluation as defined here does not include routine program monitoring activities or quarterly performance reviews.

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21. Have there been any program evaluations completed within the past 5 years for any of the
program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) that you were involved with? (Select one.)


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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Yes - Continue with question 22. 33.9 26.5-41.3 36.8 33.0-40.5
No - Skip to Section 8 - Comments and Final Response Submission 15.1 9.8 -21.9 21.6 18.3-24.8
Do not know - Skip to Section 8 - Comments and Final Response Submission 50.3 42.4-58.2 39.7 35.9-43.4
Missing or Nonresponse 0.7 0.0 -3.7 2.0 0.9 -3.8

22. For those program evaluations completed within the past 5 years, which of the following entities was primarily responsible for those studies? Note: By primarily responsible, we mean either directly conducted or contracted for those studies (Select one answer in each row.)

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22a. My agency or the program itself

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Yes 28.9 21.8-36.0 31.9 28.3-35.5
No 0.9 0.1 -3.9 1.9 1.0 -3.3
Not sure 2.1 0.4 -5.8 1.8 0.9 -3.2
Missing or Nonresponse 68.1 60.9-75.4 64.4 60.7-68.1

22b. An individual program grantee or project

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Yes 6.6 3.3 -11.6 11.8 9.2 -14.3
No 15.5 10.2-22.2 14.1 11.4-16.8
Not sure 7.5 3.9 -12.8 7.5 5.7 -9.5
Missing or Nonresponse 70.4 63.3-77.5 66.7 63.0-70.3

22c. My agency's IG (Inspector General)

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Yes 12.5 7.8 -18.7 15.7 13.0-18.5
No 12.6 7.7 -18.9 11.8 9.1 -14.5
Not sure 7.3 3.7 -12.6 7.0 5.3 -9.0
Missing or Nonresponse 67.7 60.3-75.0 65.5 61.8-69.2

22d. GAO (Government Accountability Office)

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Yes 10.4 6.1 -16.3 13.2 10.7-15.7
No 11.9 7.2 -18.2 12.5 9.8 -15.3
Not sure 8.0 4.2 -13.4 8.7 6.7 -11.0
Missing or Nonresponse 69.7 62.5-76.9 65.6 61.9-69.3

22e. Another entity not specified above

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Yes 3.6 1.3 -7.9 7.8 5.6 -10.6
No 12.1 7.4 -18.2 14.2 11.3-17.1
Not sure 14.3 9.3 -20.8 12.7 10.6-14.8
Missing or Nonresponse 69.9 62.8-77.1 65.3 61.6-69.0

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23. For the program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) that you were involved with over the past 5 years that were evaluated, to what extent, if at all, have the program evaluations contributed to the following activities? (Select one answer in each row.)

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23a. Implementing changes to improve program management or performance

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 6.4 3.1 -11.4 5.5 4.3 -7.0
To a great extent 11.1 6.7 -17.1 11.9 9.4 -14.3
To a moderate extent 8.0 4.2 -13.4 12.4 9.7 -15.1
To a small extent 3.6 1.3 -7.9 4.4 2.8 -6.5
To no extent 2.1 0.4 -5.8 1.6 0.7 -3.1
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 0.9 0.3 -2.0
Missing or Nonresponse 66.1 58.7-73.5 63.3 59.5-67.0

23b. Developing or revising performance goals

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 2.7 0.8 -6.6 3.8 2.7 -5.3
To a great extent 11.8 7.2 -17.9 11.9 9.3 -14.5
To a moderate extent 4.6 1.9 -9.1 10.6 8.2 -13.0
To a small extent 8.0 4.2 -13.4 5.3 3.8 -7.3
To no extent 4.1 1.5 -8.7 3.3 1.9 -5.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 1.5 0.8 -2.5
Missing or Nonresponse 66.1 58.7-73.5 63.5 59.8-67.2

23c. Supplementing or explaining performance results

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 2.2 0.6 -5.9 3.6 2.7 -4.8
To a great extent 10.7 6.3 -16.6 11.2 8.8 -13.6
To a moderate extent 8.0 4.2 -13.4 12.4 9.7 -15.1
To a small extent 5.5 2.5 -10.2 4.7 3.3 -6.5
To no extent 4.1 1.5 -8.7 3.1 1.7 -5.1
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.4 1.1 -7.8 1.2 0.9 -1.7
Missing or Nonresponse 66.1 58.7-73.5 63.8 60.1-67.5

23d. Assessing program effectiveness, value or worth

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Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 3.6 1.3 -7.8 5.9 4.2 -8.0
To a great extent 11.8 7.2 -17.9 12.8 10.4-15.3
To a moderate extent 9.4 5.3 -15.1 10.6 8.2 -13.4
To a small extent 3.0 0.9 -7.0 4.7 3.2 -6.7
To no extent 3.4 1.1 -7.8 1.7 0.8 -3.1
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 1.0 0.6 -1.5
Missing or Nonresponse 66.1 58.7-73.5 63.4 59.6-67.1

23e. Allocating resources within the program

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.8 0.4 -5.3 3.6 2.5 -5.1
To a great extent 9.1 5.1 -14.7 9.2 7.2 -11.6
To a moderate extent 8.0 4.2 -13.3 11.4 8.8 -14.1
To a small extent 5.0 2.1 -9.8 6.8 4.9 -9.1
To no extent 4.6 1.9 -9.1 3.8 2.3 -5.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 5.5 2.4 -10.5 1.6 0.9 -2.7
Missing or Nonresponse 66.1 58.7-73.5 63.5 59.8-67.2

23f. Increasing understanding about the program or topic

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 2.5 0.7 -6.3 4.5 3.3 -5.9
To a great extent 10.9 6.5 -16.9 12.8 10.1-15.4
To a moderate extent 9.3 5.3 -15.0 10.2 7.9 -12.5
To a small extent 4.8 2.0 -9.6 5.8 4.0 -8.0
To no extent 3.6 1.3 -7.9 2.4 1.3 -4.0
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 0.7 0.4 -1.0
Missing or Nonresponse 66.1 58.7-73.5 63.7 60.0-67.4

23g. Sharing what works or other lessons learned with others

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 3.9 1.4 -8.2 4.2 2.9 -5.8
To a great extent 8.9 4.9 -14.4 11.2 9.0 -13.4
To a moderate extent 8.4 4.6 -13.9 11.3 8.7 -13.9
To a small extent 5.7 2.6 -10.7 5.8 4.0 -8.0
To no extent 4.3 1.7 -8.9 2.9 1.7 -4.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 1.1 0.4 -2.1
Missing or Nonresponse 66.1 58.7-73.5 63.5 59.8-67.2

23h. Designing or supporting program reforms

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 0.2 0.0 -3.5 3.2 2.1 -4.6
To a great extent 12.7 8.0 -18.9 11.5 9.2 -13.9
To a moderate extent 7.0 3.6 -12.2 11.0 8.5 -13.6
To a small extent 5.7 2.6 -10.7 6.0 4.2 -8.2
To no extent 4.8 2.0 -9.6 3.0 1.7 -4.9
No basis to judge/Not applicable 2.7 0.8 -6.8 1.6 0.9 -2.7
Missing or Nonresponse 66.8 59.4-74.1 63.6 59.9-67.4

23i. Supporting program budget requests

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.4 0.2 -4.8 2.7 1.7 -4.1
To a great extent 7.7 4.1 -13.0 9.1 7.0 -11.5
To a moderate extent 7.0 3.6 -12.2 10.7 8.1 -13.7
To a small extent 5.9 2.8 -10.9 6.8 5.0 -8.9
To no extent 6.4 3.1 -11.5 3.7 2.5 -5.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 3.5 2.4 -4.9
Missing or Nonresponse 66.8 59.4-74.1 63.5 59.8-67.3

23j. Informing the public about how programs are performing

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.4 0.2 -4.8 2.7 1.5 -4.3
To a great extent 7.3 3.7 -12.5 4.0 3.2 -4.9
To a moderate extent 6.1 2.9 -11.1 6.9 5.2 -9.1
To a small extent 4.6 1.9 -9.1 6.8 5.0 -8.9
To no extent 9.8 5.6 -15.7 6.2 4.4 -8.4
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 9.3 6.9 -12.1
Missing or Nonresponse 66.1 58.7-73.5 64.1 60.4-67.8

23k. Streamlining programs to reduce duplicative activities

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.4 0.2 -4.8 2.6 1.6 -4.0
To a great extent 8.0 4.2 -13.3 10.0 7.6 -12.7
To a moderate extent 6.1 2.9 -11.1 9.9 7.6 -12.6
To a small extent 5.2 2.3 -10.0 6.3 4.7 -8.2
To no extent 8.5 4.5 -14.1 5.2 3.6 -7.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 2.6 1.7 -4.0
Missing or Nonresponse 66.1 58.7-73.5 63.5 59.8-67.2

24. Based on your experience with the program(s)/operation(s)/project(s) you were involved with over the past 5 years that were evaluated, to what extent, if at all, have the following factors hindered the agency's use of the program evaluation(s)? (Select one answer in each row.)

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24a. Concerns about the credibility (validity or reliability) of study results

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.6 0.3 -5.0 1.6 0.9 -2.7
To a great extent 3.4 1.1 -7.8 3.1 1.8 -4.9
To a moderate extent 6.4 3.1 -11.4 9.2 7.0 -11.9
To a small extent 8.2 4.4 -13.7 10.2 7.8 -12.6
To no extent 8.4 4.6 -13.9 7.7 6.0 -9.3
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.6 1.9 -9.1 4.7 3.1 -6.8
Missing or Nonresponse 67.4 60.1-74.8 63.5 59.7-67.2

24b. Difficulty obtaining study results in time to be useful

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 2.1 0.4 -5.8 1.7 0.8 -3.2
To a great extent 2.1 0.4 -5.8 3.0 1.7 -4.8
To a moderate extent 3.8 1.4 -8.1 7.3 5.5 -9.6
To a small extent 9.3 5.3 -15.0 10.8 8.3 -13.3
To no extent 11.4 6.8 -17.6 10.2 8.0 -12.4
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.6 1.9 -9.1 3.3 2.1 -4.9
Missing or Nonresponse 66.8 59.4-74.1 63.6 59.9-67.3

24c. Difficulty resolving differences of opinion among internal or external stakeholders

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 2.1 0.4 -5.8 3.7 2.2 -5.9
To a great extent 0.2 0.0 -3.5 4.7 3.1 -6.8
To a moderate extent 10.5 6.2 -16.4 9.7 7.5 -12.3
To a small extent 8.4 4.6 -13.9 9.3 7.2 -11.7
To no extent 7.8 4.0 -13.2 3.9 3.2 -4.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.3 1.7 -8.9 5.1 3.5 -7.3
Missing or Nonresponse 66.8 59.4-74.1 63.6 59.9-67.3

24d. Concerns that the evaluation did not address issues that are important to decision-makers

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 2.1 0.4 -5.8 2.1 1.1 -3.5
To a great extent 3.2 1.0 -7.3 4.3 2.8 -6.3
To a moderate extent 4.6 1.9 -9.1 7.6 5.8 -9.8
To a small extent 10.0 5.8 -15.7 11.6 8.9 -14.3
To no extent 10.0 5.8 -15.9 6.3 4.8 -8.1
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.4 1.1 -7.8 4.5 3.0 -6.4
Missing or Nonresponse 66.8 59.4-74.1 63.6 59.9-67.4

24e. Difficulty distinguishing between the results produced by the program and the results caused by other factors

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 4.3 1.7 -8.9 2.0 1.1 -3.5
To a great extent 1.6 0.3 -5.0 4.8 3.2 -7.0
To a moderate extent 6.1 2.9 -11.1 7.8 5.9 -10.0
To a small extent 8.2 4.4 -13.6 10.6 8.2 -13.1
To no extent 7.3 3.7 -12.6 5.9 4.5 -7.5
No basis to judge/Not applicable 5.7 2.6 -10.7 5.2 3.4 -7.4
Missing or Nonresponse 66.8 59.4-74.1 63.7 60.0-67.4

24f. Lack of staff who are knowledgeable about interpreting or analyzing program evaluation results

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.6 0.3 -5.0 1.8 1.0 -3.0
To a great extent 2.1 0.4 -5.8 4.6 2.9 -6.8
To a moderate extent 6.6 3.3 -11.7 7.0 5.2 -9.3
To a small extent 8.6 4.8 -14.2 9.8 7.6 -12.0
To no extent 8.0 4.2 -13.3 8.5 6.6 -10.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 6.4 3.1 -11.5 4.6 3.0 -6.7
Missing or Nonresponse 66.8 59.4-74.1 63.7 59.9-67.4

24g. Difficulty determining how to use evaluation findings to improve the program

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 0.7 0.0 -3.7 0.7 0.4 -1.2
To a great extent 1.4 0.2 -4.8 3.8 2.3 -5.8
To a moderate extent 9.1 5.1 -14.7 9.2 7.1 -11.7
To a small extent 8.2 4.4 -13.6 12.1 9.5 -14.6
To no extent 9.1 5.1 -14.7 7.9 6.0 -10.1
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 3.0 1.9 -4.7
Missing or Nonresponse 66.8 59.4-74.1 63.3 59.6-67.0

24h. Difficulty generalizing the results to other persons or locations

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 0.7 0.0 -3.7 1.5 0.6 -3.0
To a great extent 1.6 0.3 -5.0 3.4 2.1 -5.2
To a moderate extent 8.6 4.8 -14.2 7.8 5.8 -10.3
To a small extent 9.5 5.4 -15.2 12.1 9.5 -14.7
To no extent 8.0 4.2 -13.4 7.2 5.6 -9.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.8 2.0 -9.6 4.3 2.9 -6.1
Missing or Nonresponse 66.8 59.4-74.1 63.6 59.9-67.3

24i. Difficulty accepting evaluation findings that do not conform to expectations

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.4 0.2 -4.8 1.5 0.7 -3.0
To a great extent 0.9 0.1 -3.9 3.7 2.2 -5.6
To a moderate extent 5.5 2.5 -10.2 8.3 6.2 -10.8
To a small extent 8.6 4.8 -14.2 11.5 9.0 -14.0
To no extent 13.4 8.5 -19.8 8.1 6.3 -10.2
No basis to judge/Not applicable 3.4 1.1 -7.8 3.4 2.2 -5.0
Missing or Nonresponse 66.8 59.4-74.1 63.6 59.8-67.3

24j. Lack of ongoing top executive commitment or support for using program evaluation to make program or funding decisions

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 1.6 0.3 -5.0 1.9 1.1 -3.0
To a great extent 2.7 0.8 -6.8 3.6 2.2 -5.6
To a moderate extent 8.9 4.9 -14.5 6.8 5.1 -9.0
To a small extent 3.6 1.3 -7.8 8.9 6.8 -11.4
To no extent 12.3 7.6 -18.4 11.3 8.9 -13.7
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.1 1.5 -8.7 4.1 2.7 -5.9
Missing or Nonresponse 66.8 59.4-74.1 63.4 59.7-67.1

24k. Lack of ongoing Congressional commitment or support for using program evaluation to make program or funding decisions

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 2.5 0.7 -6.3 2.3 1.4 -3.7
To a great extent 2.1 0.4 -5.8 4.2 2.8 -6.0
To a moderate extent 6.4 3.1 -11.4 4.8 3.5 -6.5
To a small extent 4.1 1.6 -8.5 4.8 3.4 -6.6
To no extent 7.0 3.6 -12.2 6.2 4.3 -8.5
No basis to judge/Not applicable 9.8 5.6 -15.7 14.1 11.3-16.9
Missing or Nonresponse 68.1 60.9-75.4 63.5 59.8-67.2

24l. Lack of resources to implement the evaluation findings

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Question
Choices
USDA
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Governmentwide
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
To a very great extent 5.9 2.8 -10.9 4.5 3.1 -6.3
To a great extent 2.3 0.6 -6.0 7.6 5.6 -10.1
To a moderate extent 6.4 3.1 -11.4 7.3 5.6 -9.3
To a small extent 6.8 3.4 -11.9 8.4 6.3 -11.0
To no extent 7.8 4.0 -13.2 4.5 3.2 -6.1
No basis to judge/Not applicable 4.1 1.5 -8.7 4.3 2.7 -6.4
Missing or Nonresponse 66.8 59.4-74.1 63.4 59.6-67.1

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