Agency Priority Goals

Department of Agriculture's Priority Goals

Pollinator Habitat Health.

USDA is committed to the collaborative efforts across the executive branch to reduce the impacts of stressors on pollinator health. In particular, USDA is committed to restoring and enhancing pollinator habitat acreage, contributing to research to understand, prevent and recover from pollinator loss, conducting frequent surveys of beekeepers, and education and outreach around this important issue. By September 30, 2017, USDA will promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators by restoring an additional 1 million acres of pollinator habitat.

Access and Opportunity for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers for economic development.

New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (BFR) are a fundamental part of the American and global Agricultural marketplace and legacy. The 2014 Farm Bill gave USDA new tools and flexibility in several key programs in order to support BFR, by continuing, increasing and creating new assistance for this group. It is a priority of the Secretary and the Agency to ensure the success and sustainability of BFR. By September 30, 2017, USDA will increase access to key BFR programs which will result in increasing investments to BFR by a value of $5.6 billion over 2 years. Within existing resources, USDA will expand opportunities for BFR through targeted outreach, and increased technical assistance, resulting in increasing BFR participation in key programs by 6.6% over the goal term. Increased investments to BFR will contribute to growing their value, and supporting economic development and stability in their communities, both through increased opportunity and support for longevity of new operations.

Increasing Assistance for Rural, Persistent Poverty Communities.

USDA is committed to increasing program access and leveraging resources for investments in rural, persistent poverty communities. By September 30, 2017, USDA will:
          a) increase the percentage of USDA funding in StrikeForce areas by 10 percent
              from 2010 baseline $4 billion and;
          b) leverage $1 billion of outside resources from baseline in high poverty areas over
              two years.

Increase Food Security and Diet Quality.

USDA will increase food security and diet quality among America's children through provision of nutritious food and support for healthy choices. By September 30, 2017, USDA will reduce the number of children in food insecure households by 10 percent from baseline--15.8 million (2013) to 14.2 million (measured annually by USDA Economic Research Service study) and, increase the average Healthy Eating Index (HEI) for all children (between ages 2 and 18) to 55 (based on USDA analysis of national nutrition survey data).

Soil and health sustainability.

USDA will improve the health of our Nation's soils to make our food, fiber, and energy production systems resilient and sustainable. By September 30, 2017, USDA will continue to implement and monitor progress of modeled science-based practices that improve soil health and sustainability. Nationwide, the soil health practices that are consistent with the Secretary's Climate Change Mitigation Building Blocks will store (sequester) more than 8.8 million metric tons of carbon per year or more than 32 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e). Based on results generated by EPA's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator (, the carbon sequestration benefits of an additional 32 million metric tons of CO2e annually would offset an estimated: 76 billion miles driven by passenger cars, or 3.6 billion gallons of gasoline consumed, or 4.4 million homes electricity use emissions for one year. Soil health practice implementation will also increase resilience during seasons with extreme weather, in comparison to fields that are not using such practices.

Department of Commerce's Priority Goals

Companies assisted by Global Markets that achieve export objectives.

Improve export client effectiveness. By September 30, 2017, increase the percentage of companies assisted by Global Markets that achieved their export objectives from 69% to 75% in FY 2017.

Improve Patent Processing Time and Quality.

By September 30, 2017, the Patent and Trademark Office will reduce patent pendency to less than 14 months for first action pendency and less than 23 months for total pendency from end of FY 2015 results of 17.3 and 26.6 months. This priority goal supports the Department of Commerce's longer-term goal focused on achieving 10 months for first action pendency and 20 months for total pendency by FY 2019.

Advance technologies put into practice.

By September 30, 2017, the Department of Commerce will transition twelve (12) research and development (R&D) capabilities to applications (from TRL 8 to TRL 9) to improve efficiency, accuracy, or precision of forecasts to reduce adverse effects of environmental events on people and property.

Improve Forecasting Accuracy and Lead Times for High-Impact and Extreme Weather.

By September 30, 2017, the Department of Commerce will improve the useful lead time of its weather forecast model guidance to 9.5 days which will enable more accurate, consistent, forecasts and warnings for high-impact and extreme weather events.

Department of Defense's Priority Goals

Transition to Veterans.

Our Nation should provide the best support possible to those who keep our country free and strong as they transition to civilian life, especially during this time of planned structural Department of Defense (DoD) reorganizations. By September 30, 2017, DoD will improve the career readiness of Service members transitioning to civilian life by: 1) ensuring at least 85% of eligible active duty Service members and 85% of eligible reserve component Service members complete the following required transition activities prior to separation from active duty: pre-separation counseling, a Department of Labor employment workshop, and Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits briefings; 2) verifying that at least 85% of eligible active duty Service members and 85% of eligible reserve component Service members meet established Career Readiness Standards or received a warm handover to appropriate partner agencies prior to separation from active duty; 3) accelerating the transition of recovering Service Members into Veteran status by reducing the disability evaluation processing time; and 4) supporting the seamless transition of recovering Service Members by sharing active recovery plans with the VA.

Improve DoD energy performance.

As the single largest consumer of energy in the nation, DoD accounts for approximately one percent of national demand. Executive order 13693 mandates a 2.5% annual reduction in facilities energy intensity as measured in British Thermal Units per gross square foot. Improving facility energy performance on DoD installations will lower energy costs, improve mission effectiveness, improve energy resilience, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Energy is a fundamental enabler of military capability. In the context of operational missions, understanding the implications of energy use in systems and weapons platforms allows DoD to improve combat effectiveness. Specifically, the Department can assess the energy supportability of systems and concepts through scenario-based analyses that include realistic threats and logistics constraints. By September 30, 2025, DoD will improve its facility energy performance by reducing average building energy intensity by 25% from the 2015 baseline: 1) By September 30, 2017, the DoD will improve its facility energy performance by reducing average facility energy intensity by 5% from a 2015 baseline. 2) By September 30, 2018, the DoD will improve its facility energy performance by reducing average facility energy intensity by 7.5% from 2015 baseline. By September 2018, DoD will institutionalize operational energy considerations in the force development process: 1) By September 30, 2016, DoD will ensure all acquisition programs that use operational energy and are designated as Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) Interest Items by the Joint Staff have an Energy Supportability Analysis (ESA)-informed Energy Key Performance Parameter (eKPP); 2) By September 30, 2017, DoD will include operational energy constraints and limitations analyses in all Title 10 war games; and 3) By September 30, 2018, ensure ESAs are used in all acquisition programs that use operational energy and were established in FY 2016 and later.

Reform the acquisition process.

Deliver better value to the taxpayer and warfighter by improving the way DoD does business while achieving dominant capabilities through technical excellence and innovation. By September 30, 2017, DoD will improve its acquisition process by ensuring: 1) the median growth in cycle time for Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) will not increase by more than 15 percent from the Milestone B baseline; 2) the biennial rate of quantity adjusted unit procurement cost growth for MDAPs will not exceed 6 percent; 3) the annual number of MDAP breaches--significant or critical cost overruns for reasons other than approved changes in quantity--will be zero; 4) the percent of acquisition positions filled with personnel meeting Levels II and III certification requirements will increase from the previous fiscal year; and 5) the percent of contract obligations that are competitively awarded will increase from 56.9 percent in FY 2013 to 57 percent in FY 2017.

Financial statement audit readiness.

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 mandates that the Department of Defense (DoD) have audit ready financial statements by 2017. The DoD's financial statement will be audit ready by September 30, 2017.

Realigning Major DoD Headquarters Activities (MHA).

Increase funding for high priority core missions by reducing the cost of overhead and management structures and redirect those savings to core missions.

Department of Education's Priority Goals

Enable evidence-based decision making.

Increase use and generation of credible evidence on what works and what does not work in education. By September 30, 2017, ED will increase to 20% the percentage of new competitive grant dollars that support evidence-based strategies. By September 30, 2017, ED will increase by 20 the number of ED-funded project evaluations that provide credible evidence about what works in education.

Increase enrollment in high-quality state preschool programs.

Increase the percentage of children, especially children from low-income families, enrolled in high-quality preschool programs. By September 30, 2017, the percentage of four-year old children enrolled in state preschool programs will increase to 33% (representing the 2015-16 school year, increasing from 29.1% in 2013-14 school year). By September 30, 2017, the number of state preschool programs meeting high-quality benchmarks will increase to 19 states (representing the 2015-16 school year, increasing from 15 in 2013-14 school year).

Federal Student Aid Transparency.

Increase and enhance transparency of information about the student loan portfolio for taxpayers, researchers, and public. The Department of Education will publish on Federal Student Aid's Data Center at least 15 new releases of data points or other information reports in 2016 and 2017, resulting in 30 new releases by September 30, 2017.

Increase College Degree Attainment in America.

Increase attainment of college degrees by improving affordability, access, and student outcomes. By September 30, 2017, 48.4 percent of adults ages 25-34 will have an associate degree or higher.

Support implementation of college- and career-ready standards and assessments.

By September 30, 2017, all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will be implementing high-quality assessments, aligned with college- and career-ready standards.

Ensure equitable educational opportunities.

Improve high school graduation rates and decrease gaps in graduation rates between all students and students from low-income families, through comprehensive school and instructional improvement strategies such as ensuring equitable access to effective teachers and rigorous coursework in low-income schools. By September 30, 2017, the national high school graduation rate will increase to 85 percent, and the gap in the graduation rate between all students and students from low-income families will decrease to 7.4 percent. By September 30, 2017, the number of high schools with persistently low graduation rates will decrease by 10 percent and the number of schools that do not have a gap or have decreased the gap between all students and students from low-income families by 5 percent or more will increase by 3 percent.

Department of Energy's Priority Goals

Environmental Management and Nuclear Waste Disposal.

To support the long-term goal of safely managing cleanup and storage of nuclear materials consistent with the President’s March 2015 determination to dispose of nuclear waste separate from civilian used nuclear fuel while achieving efficiencies.

          • Resume waste emplacement at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant by the end of
            calendar year 2016
          • Meet production milestones at the Defense Waste Processing Facility at
            Savannah River of 120 canisters of vitrified high-level waste
            in FY 2016 and 110 canisters in FY 2017
          • Complete demolition to achieve slab on grade of the Plutonium Finishing Plant at
            Richland by the end of calendar year 2016
          • Begin treatment of radioactive liquid waste at the Integrated Waste Treatment
            Unit at Idaho by the end of fiscal year 2016

    Storage, Transportation, and Disposal
          • Complete the Deep Borehole Field Test (DBFT) Characterization Borehole
            by February 2017
          • Develop and publish the phased and adaptive consent-based siting strategy for
            the first Phase of the siting process by the end of FY 2017
          • Initiate engagement with communities and stakeholders interested in developing
            a consent-based siting process for integrated waste management system
            facilities; complete and publish a report that reflects the inputs received,
            documenting the priorities, comments and concerns expressed throughout the
            development process by Dec 2016.
          • Complete a review of the existing transportation cask Certificates of Compliance
            (COC) by FY 2017 in order to identify items for confirmation and/or resolution
            prior to transportation of spent nuclear fuel.

Modernize the nuclear stockpile.

Nuclear Security: To modernize the nation's existing nuclear weapons stockpile, make progress toward the completion of life extension programs consistent with the Nuclear Posture Review and manage nonproliferation actions to prevent, counter, and respond to global nuclear and radiological threats.

    Life Extension Programs
          • Complete at least 70% of W76-1 cumulative production unit builds, and achieve
             B61-12 Phase 6.4 authorization to initiate production-engineering activities by the
             end of FY 2016
          • Complete at least 80% of W76-1 cumulative production unit builds, and achieve
            B61-12 First System Qualification Flight Test by the end of FY 2017

    Prevent, Counter, and Respond to Nuclear and Radiological Threats
          • Complete delivery and installation of a cumulative total of 755 fixed, mobile, and
            man-portable radiation detection systems by the end of FY 2017.

Implement Climate Action Plan.

Energy Policy: To enable cost-competitive, clean energy technologies and resilient energy infrastructure consistent with the Climate Action Plan, Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), and Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR).

    Efficiency Standards
          • Issue final energy standards that meet the Climate Action Plan goal of 3 GT total
            cumulative CO2 reduction by 2030

    Loans Guarantees
          • Issue new conditional loan guarantee commitments, as appropriate, of up to $8.5
            billion for advanced fossil energy and $4.5 billion for renewable energy and
            efficient electricity technologies that include distributed energy and storage
            systems by the end of FY2017
          • Solicit additional applications, and as appropriate, issue new conditional loan
            commitments to increase fuel efficient vehicle and advance vehicle component

          • Issue semi-annual implementation reports on Transforming U.S. Energy
            Infrastructures in a Time of Rapid Change
          • Develop and issue the second installment of the QER on the electricity system
            as a whole by the end of CY 2016

          • Develop a clean energy technology R&D portfolio reflecting the analysis and
            assessments of the QTR for the President's FY 2017 Budget

Implement High Performance Computing.

Contributes to implementation of the President's Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative including accelerating delivery of a capable exascale computing system that integrates hardware and software capability to deliver approximately 100 times the performance of current 10 petaflop systems across a range of applications representing government needs, and establishes a viable path forward for future High Performance Computing systems even after the limits of current semiconductor technologies are reached.

          • By Q2 FY 2016, establish a multiyear exascale research program plan in support
            of DOE's contribution to the President's high performance computing initiative
          • By the end of FY 2017, identify software technology investments needed to
            accelerate delivery of a capable exascale system
          • By Q1 FY2017 establish a plan for DOE's contribution to research of new
            progressive technologies that perform beyond Moore's Law

Manage DOE Capital Asset Projects.

Capital Projects: To manage DOE Capital Asset Projects effectively in support of DOE national security, clean energy, and cleanup goals and complete DOE capital asset projects within scope, schedule, and cost.

          • Complete 90% of DOE post-Critical Decision (CD)-3, Approve Start of
            Construction or Execution, capital asset projects within 110% of the cost
            baseline in effect as of the start of FY 2016

Improve Enhance National Laboratories.

To deliver the highest quality R&D and production capabilities, strengthen partnerships with DOE headquarters, and improve management of the physical infrastructure of the national laboratories to enable efficient leadership in science, technology, and national security.

          • By the end of FY 2017, the percentage of assessed DOE laboratory facilities
            categorized as "adequate" will increase by 2 percentage points from the FY 2015
          • Sponsor an annual "National Laboratory Big Ideas Summit" in FY 2016 and FY
          • Develop and implement a consistent, annual process to track and assess
            laboratory planning and evaluation

Department of Health and Human Services' Priority Goals

Improve the quality of early childhood programs for low-income children.

By September 30, 2017, HHS will improve the quality of early childhood programs for low-income children by increasing the number of states with Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) that meet high quality benchmarks from a baseline of 17 states in FY 2011 to 37 states in FY 2017, reducing the proportion of grantees receiving a score in the low range on the basis of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) from a baseline of 25 percent (FY 2012) to 24 percent in FY 2017, and increasing the percent of teachers in Head Start and Early Head Start that have a BA or higher by 2 percentage points each year from a baseline of 52 percent (FY 2012).

Reduce the annual adult combustible tobacco consumption in the United States.

By December 31, 2017, reduce the annual adult combustible tobacco consumption in the United States from 1,277 cigarette equivalents per capita to 1,127 cigarette equivalents per capita, which will represent an approximate 12% decrease from the 2013 baseline.

Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB).

Combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria to save lives. By September 30, 2017, HHS will increase the percent of hospitals that report implementation of antibiotic stewardship programs that comply with all of the CDC Core Elements for Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs by 50% from a baseline of 39.2%.

Reduce Foodborne Illness.

By December 31, 2017, working with federal, state, local, tribal, and industry partners, improve preventive controls in food production facilities and reduce the incidence rate (reported cases per 100,000 population per year) of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) infections by 8%.

Improve the timeliness of initiation into treatment for individuals with serious mental illness.

By September 30, 2017, expand the availability of evidence-based early intervention services for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Community Mental Health Services Block Grant by increasing the number of states with at least one evidence-based early intervention program that provides a team-based approach to treatment including services such as case management, recovery-oriented cognitive and behavioral skills training, supported employment, supported education services, family education and support, and low doses of medications when indicated. The goal is to increase by 50 percent from a baseline of 13 states in 2015.

Shift Medicare health care payments from volume to value.

A critical step toward better care, smarter spending, and healthier people is to use payment incentives to motivate higher-value care by increasingly tying payment to alternative payment models that reward value over volume. To this end, the Secretary has identified the following high priority indicator for managing and tracking progress:

          • By December 31, 2017, increase the percentage of Medicare Fee-for-Service
            (FFS) payments tied to quality and value through alternative payment models
            (APMs) to 40%

To reduce opioid-related morbidity and mortality.

By September 30th, 2017, opioid-related overdose death and opioid use disorder will be addressed through the three priority areas of reforming opioid prescribing practices, increasing the use of naloxone, and expanding access to and use of MAT for opioid use disorders.

          • Decrease by 10% the total morphine milligram equivalents (MME) dispensed in
            the U.S. outpatient retail pharmacy setting
          • Increase by 15% the number of prescriptions dispensed for naloxone in the U.S.
            outpatient retail pharmacy setting
          • Increase by 10% the number of unique patients receiving prescriptions for
            buprenorphine and naltrexone in the U.S. outpatient retail pharmacy setting

Department of Homeland Security's Priority Goals

Enhance Disaster Preparedness and Response.

Enhance the Nation's ability to respond to and recover from a catastrophic disaster through whole community preparedness and partnership. By September 30, 2017, 70 percent of states and territories will achieve an intermediate or above proficiency toward meeting the targets established through their Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA).

Improve federal network security.

Provide federal civilian executive branch agencies with the tools and information needed to diagnose, mitigate, and respond to cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities. By September 30, 2017 DHS will deliver two phases of continuous diagnostics and mitigation tools to 100% of the participating federal civilian executive branch agencies so that they can monitor their networks.

Combatting Transnational Criminal Organizations.

Decrease the ability of targeted transnational criminal organizations to conduct illicit activities impacting the southern border and approaches region of the United States. By September 30, 2017, actions by the DHS Joint Task Forces via synchronized component operations will result in the disruption and/or dismantlement of 15% of targeted transnational criminal organizations.

Department of Housing and Urban Development's Priority Goals

Preserve affordable rental housing.

HUD remains committed to preserving and expanding the nation's current affordable housing stock. Between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2017, HUD aims to preserve and expand affordable rental housing through its rental housing programs to serve an additional 134,516 households over a baseline of 5,541,541 households.

Reduce homelessness.

In partnership with other agencies, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will reduce the total number of homeless families, youth and children, and people experiencing chronic homelessness, as well as keep the number of veterans living on the street at zero (as measured by the 2018 Point-in-Time count).

Increase the energy efficiency and health of the nation's housing stock.

HUD is committed to increasing the health and safety of homes and embed comprehensive energy efficiency and healthy housing criteria across HUD programs. Since fiscal year 2010, HUD has completed over 510,000 green or healthy units. Between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2017, HUD aims to increase the energy efficiency and health of the nation's housing stock by enabling an additional 160,000 cost-effective energy efficient or healthy housing units.

Increase educational attainment among HUD-assisted tenants.

Increase educational attainment for HUD-assisted tenants by improving access to stable, quality, and affordable education, as measured by increasing the percentage of HUD-assisted tenants who are currently enrolled in college.

Expand in-home adoption of high-speed internet.

Narrow the digital divide by ensuring that 50 percent of public housing households with school-age children in ConnectHome communities are connected with at-home high-speed internet by September 30, 2017.

Department of the Interior's Priority Goals

Renewable Energy Resource Development.

Increase the approved capacity for production of energy from domestic renewable resources. Support a growing economy and protect our national interests while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. By September 30, 2017, increase approved capacity authorized for renewable (solar, wind, geothermal, and hydropower) energy resources affecting Department of the Interior managed lands, while ensuring full environmental review, to at least 16,600 Megawatts (since the end of FY 2009).

Water Conservation and Supply Enhancement.

Enable capability to increase the available water supply in the western states. Implement conservation-related programs to ensure adequate and safe water supplies. By September 30, 2017, the Department of the Interior will facilitate the availability of water supplies employing conservation, efficiency, and technology in the western United States through Bureau of Reclamation water conservation programs to 1,040,000 acre-feet cumulatively since the end of FY2009.

Safer and More Resilient Communities in Indian Country.

Reduce the need for repeat incarcerations in Indian communities. By September 30, 2017, reduce rates of repeat incarceration in five target tribal communities by 3% through a comprehensive "alternatives to incarceration" strategy that seeks to address underlying causes of repeat offenses, including substance abuse and social service needs, through tribal and federal partnerships.

Climate Change Adaptation Management.

Understand, communicate, and respond to the diversity of impacts associated with climate change to improve the resilience of the nation's communities, natural resources, and safeguard our cultural heritage sites. By September 30, 2017, the Department of the Interior will mainstream climate change adaptation and resilience into program and regional planning, capacity building, training, infrastructure, and external programs, as measured by scoring at least 300 of 400 points using the Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan scorecard.

Engaging the Next Generation.

Build the next generation of conservation and community leaders by supporting youth employment at the Department of the Interior. By September 30, 2017, the Department of the Interior will provide 100,000 work and training opportunities over four fiscal years (FY 2014 through FY 2017) for individuals age 15 to 35 to support Interior's mission.

Oil and gas resource management.

Improve production accountability, safety, and environmental protection of oil and gas operations through increased inspection of high-risk oil and gas production cases. By September 30, 2017, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will complete 100 percent of the inspections for federal and Indian potential high-risk oil and gas production cases annually to better ensure accountability and safety.

Monarch Butterfly and Other Pollinators Conservation.

Restore or enhance habitats to improve the health of the monarch butterfly and other pollinator populations that help sustain functioning ecosystems and the long-term productivity of working agricultural lands. By September 30, 2017, the Department of the Interior (through the Fish & Wildlife Service) will double the acres of restored or enhanced habitat for Monarch butterflies and other pollinators. (Doubling the number of acres restored or enhanced for Monarch butterflies and other pollinators by September 30, 2017 will result in a total of 260,000 acres of agency land, private land, and state land restored or enhanced.)

Enhancing Indian Education.

Improve the graduation rate of tribal high school students and facilitate tribal self-determination in shaping educational curriculum for students. By September 30, 2017, the Department of the Interior will increase the percentage of tribal students attending bureau funded schools who complete high school with a regular diploma within four years of their 9th grade entry date by 5% (relative to 2014-2015 school year) and convert 4 schools from bureau to tribal operated.

Department of Justice's Priority Goals

Enhancing public safety.

Strengthen relationships with the communities we serve, and enhance law enforcement capabilities by constructing new foundations of trust, respect and mutual understanding. By September 30, 2017, increase by 40 percent, the number of law enforcement officers and community members engaged in technical assistance and training activities supportive of community policing to ensure police reform and produce an informed citizenry.

National Security.

Protect Americans from terrorism and other threats to National Security. By September 30, 2017, the Department of Justice will disrupt 400 terrorist threats and groups.

Combating Cyber Threats.

Identify and pursue cyber threat actors. By September 30, 2017, the Department of Justice will conduct 1,000 computer intrusion program disruptions or dismantlements while successfully resolving 90 percent of both national security and criminal cyber cases.

Vulnerable People.

Protect those most vulnerable among us, including victims and survivors of human trafficking. By September 30, 2017, the Department will:

          • Open investigations concerning the sexual exploitation of children (5% over
            FY 15 target /3,051) FY 16 target of 3,127 and FY 17 target of 3,204
          • Open investigations concerning human trafficking (5% over FY 15 target/218)
            FY 16 target of 223 and FY 17 of 229
          • Increase the number of open investigations concerning non-compliant sex
            offenders (3% increase over baseline/1,760) FY 16 target of 1,786 and FY 17
            of 1,813
          • Percent of civil rights cases that are favorably resolved criminal (85%)
            FY 16 target of 85% and FY 17 target of 85%
          • Percent of civil rights cases that are favorably resolved - civil (85%) FY 16 target
            of 85% and FY 17 target of 85%
          • Increase the number of human trafficking leads and complaints reviewed by the
            Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit (5% increase over baseline/150) FY 16
            target of 154 and FY 17 of 158

Fraud and public corruption.

Protect the American people from fraud and public corruption. By September 30, 2017, increase the number of new investigations by 2 percent with emphasis on holding individuals accountable associated with fraud and public corruption, including white collar crime, financial fraud, and health care fraud.

Department of Labor's Priority Goals

Expand registered apprenticeships.

Expand opportunities for workers to start new careers with good wages, and provide gateways to the middle class by increasing the number of registered apprentices. By September 30, 2017, increase the number of registered apprentices from 450,000 as of September 2015, to 600,000.

Secure safe and healthy workplaces, particularly in high-risk industries.

By September 30, 2017, increase the number of abated workplace hazards associated with falls by 0.5% per year compared to FY 2015 through inspections at workplaces covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (This is a tentative target. OSHA expects two rulemakings to affect the number of hazards abated related to falls in FY 2016 - the final rule on Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements—Northern American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Update and Reporting Revisions, issued in September 2014, and the forthcoming final rule on Walking and Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems). OSHA will continue to analyze data related to this measure and may revise the target based on the results of the analysis.)

Improve employment outcomes for veterans.

By September 30, 2017, VETS will remain at 90 percent of participants who receive intensive services from Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists.

Department of State's/ U.S. Agency for International Development's Priority Goals

Excellence in Consular Service Delivery.

Improve visa and passport customer service and processing speed in support of the travel and tourism sector of the U.S. economy, while preserving the integrity of passport and visa adjudication processes. Through September 30, 2017, process 99 percent of all passport applications within published timeframes and ensure 80 percent of nonimmigrant visa applicants are interviewed within three weeks of the date of application.

Outreach to U.S. Business.

Increase access to market information for U.S. businesses looking to export. By September 30, 2017, the Department of State will increase the number of Direct Line calls and webinars by 20 percent and increase the average number of participants on the calls by 10 percent over the FY2015 baseline to provide U.S. companies with tactical, on-the-ground information critical to market access and decision-making.

Climate Change.

Combat global climate change by supporting the transition to high-performing, low-carbon economies. By September 30, 2017, U.S. government partnerships with developing countries to refine and implement their low emission development strategies (LEDS) will result in achievement of 100 (from a baseline of 46) major milestones which contribute to significant, measureable progress toward achieving domestic and international contributions to global greenhouse gas reductions. At least 4,000 developing country government officials and practitioners (from a baseline of 2,000) will strengthen their LEDS capacity through participation in the LEDS Global Partnership (GP), and that capacity will result in strengthened LEDS policies or measures in 24 countries (from a baseline of 0).

Global Health.

Support the global effort to end preventable child and maternal deaths. By September 30, 2017, U.S. assistance to end preventable child and maternal deaths will reduce under-five mortality in 24 Maternal and Child Health U.S. Government-priority countries by three deaths per 1,000 live births as compared to a baseline of 2015.

Food Security.

Increase food security in Feed the Future initiative countries in order to reduce prevalence of poverty and malnutrition. By September 30, 2017, 10 out of 19 Feed the Future-focus countries will exhibit reductions of 10 percent or greater in the prevalence of poverty or stunting in their zones of influence, compared to the 2011-2012 baseline study results.

Department of Transportation's Priority Goals

Reduce the rate of aviation accidents.

Reduce aviation fatalities by addressing risk factors both on the ground and in the air. Commercial aviation (i.e. U.S. Carriers): Reduce fatalities to no more than 6.9 per 100 million people on board through FY 2017. General aviation (i.e. private planes): Reduce fatal accident rate per 100,000 flight hours to no more than 1.04 through FY 2017. Reduce category A&B runway incursions in all airports to a rate of no more than 0.395 per million operations through FY 2017.

Improve the efficiency of the National Airspace System through more Effective Data Communications Systems DATACOMM Deployment.

By the end of FY2017 (September 2017), DATACOMM will be implemented at cumulative total of 18 Airport Traffic Control Towers (ATCTs). In Q1 FY17 (October December 2016), measurement of the impact of DATACOMM implementation on Taxi Out Times will begin at two airports, where DATACOMM Segment 1 Phase 1 (S1P1) will already be fully operational: Newark (EWR) and John F Kennedy (JFK). Impact measurement will continue at these two airports through Q3 FY2017.

Reduce the rate of roadway fatalities.

Reduce the rate of roadway fatalities from 1.26 in 2008 to 1.03 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by December 31, 2018.

Department of the Treasury's Priority Goals

Increase Secure Self-Service Options for Taxpayers.

The IRS will introduce self-service and electronic-service taxpayer options to enable taxpayers to securely authenticate, view account status, view and print tax records online, pay outstanding debts, enter into installment agreements, get tax law information, and easily access all parts of By September 2017, the percentage of service interactions processed electronically should reach 32 percent and the percentage of electronic interactions completed by taxpayers should reach 47 percent.

Financial Transparency.

Develop and promote financial transparency policies and their adoption that reflect a 21st century economy and data-driven decision-making to enable a more efficient and effective government. By May 2017, federal spending data is standardized, reliable, and accessible to the public in a structured industry format.

Department of Veterans Affairs' Priority Goals

Improve Veterans Experience with VA.

Fulfilling our country's commitment to Veterans, VA will deliver effective and easy customer experiences in which Veterans feel valued. By September 30, 2017, reach 90% agreement with the statement "I trust VA to fulfill our country's commitment to Veterans." Because this is a new measure, VA will establish the baseline in FY16 and add the measure to surveys covering all of VA's primary services and product lines.

Improve VA's Employee Experience.

Improve VA's Employee Experience by developing engaged leaders at all levels that inspire and empower all VA employees to deliver a seamless, integrated, and responsive VA customer service experience. Success by September 30, 2017 will be measured by an increase of 4 points or more in the percent of positive responses by VA employees (over VA's FY 2015 baseline) to the following statements:

          1) My supervisor provides me with constructive suggestions to improve my job
          2) In my work unit, steps are taken to deal with a poor performer who cannot or will
              not improve.
          3) Employees have a feeling of personal empowerment with respect to work
          4) I feel encouraged to come up with new and better ways of doing things.
          5) How satisfied are you with the information you receive from management on
              what's going on in your organization?
          6) My organization's leaders maintain high standards of honesty and integrity.

Improve Access to Health Care as Experienced by the Veteran.

By September 30, 2017, the VA national access composite score will improve by 20 percent over baseline.

Improve Dependency Claims Processing.

Improve access to benefits and the customer experience for Veterans who are entitled to additional benefits for their dependents. By September 30, 2017, VA will reduce the overall inventory of dependency claims to 100,000 or fewer (a 56 percent improvement from the FY 2015 baseline of 227,000) and improve the average days to complete (ADC) dependency claims to 125 days (a 43 percent improvement from the FY 2015 baseline of 221 days).

Environmental Protection Agency's Priority Goals

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks.

Through September 30, 2017, EPA, in coordination with Department of Transportation's fuel economy and fuel consumption standards programs, will implement vehicle and commercial truck greenhouse gas standards with a focus on industry compliance to ensure the significant reductions in greenhouse gases and oil consumption called for under the standards are realized. The light-duty and heavy-duty standards for model years 2012-2025 are projected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 6.3 billion metric tons and reduce U.S. oil consumption by more than 12.5 billion barrels over the lifetime of the affected vehicles and commercial trucks.

Advance resilience in the nation's water infrastructure, while protecting public health and the environment, particularly in high-risk and vulnerable communities.

By September 30, 2017, EPA will provide technical assistance and other tools to 25 urban communities to advance green infrastructure planning and implementation efforts to increase local climate resilience and water quality protections in stormwater infrastructure. EPA will also provide tools and training for 1000 operators of small water utilities to improve resilience in drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems. Trainings will be targeted based on regional threats, such as drought and flooding.

Strengthen environmental protection through business process improvements enabled by joint governance and technology.

By September 30, 2017, reduce burden by one million hours, add five new functionalities to the E-Enterprise Portal, and begin development on two projects selected through E-Enterprise Leadership Council joint governance.

Clean up contaminated sites to enhance the livability and economic vitality of communities.

By September 2017, an additional 18,600 sites will be made ready for anticipated use (RAU) protecting Americans' health and the environment, one community at a time.

Assess and reduce risks posed by chemicals and promote the use of safer chemicals in commerce.

By September 30, 2017, the EPA will complete more than 3,400 assessments of pesticides and other commercially available chemicals to evaluate risks they may pose to human health and the environment. These assessments are essential in determining whether products containing these chemicals can be used safely for commercial, agricultural, and/or industrial uses. For example, assessments can help determine the potential for chemicals to disrupt endocrine systems or to pose risks to honey bees and other pollinators by outdoor use of pesticides.

General Services Administration's Priority Goals

Increase savings through acquisition solutions.

By September 30, 2017, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) will save $10.4B ($5.2B during FY 2016 and $5.2B during FY 2017) through its programs that provide goods and services to the Federal Government. Whether it's buying office supplies, electric vehicles, or complex information technology solutions, FAS gets them at a discounted price and delivers the savings back to our customer agencies. FAS has developed defined methodologies for quantifying savings for the myriad of products and services offered to customer agencies. The methodologies can generally be grouped into the following categories:

          • Savings realized by utilizing FAS procurement vehicles compared to what is
            available commercially
          • Savings realized by using FAS offerings compared to other government offerings
          • Savings returned to customers via bank refunds given for using FAS purchase,
            travel, and fleet cards

Negotiate leased office space at or below market rates.

GSA will generate savings for taxpayers by negotiating 55 percent of the leased office space agreements at or below market rates in FY 2016 and FY 2017.

Improve federal purchasing decisions through increased use of the Acquisition Gateway.
By September 30, 2017, GSA's will increase the number of federal users of the Acquisition Gateway to 14,000 from a baseline of 1,000 in FY 2015 and the number of federal agencies accessing the Acquisition Gateway to 34, from a baseline of 15 in FY 2015.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Priority Goals

Human deep space exploration.

Achieve critical milestones in development of new systems for the human exploration of deep space. By September 30, 2017, NASA will have begun integration and testing of the Exploration Mission (EM)-1 Orion Crew Module (CM), including the first power-on of the vehicle; delivered all four EM-1 Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage RS-25 engines to the Michoud Assembly Facility in preparation for integration into the Core Stage; and completed construction of Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) Pad B.

International Space Station research facilities.

Increase the occupancy of the International Space Station's (ISS's) internal and external research facilities by adding new instruments and capabilities. By September 30, 2017, NASA will increase the occupancy of the ISS internal and external research facility sites with science and technology payload hardware to 75 percent.

Commercial Crew Program.

Facilitate the development of and certify U.S. industry-based crew transportation systems while maintaining competition, returning International Space Station crew transportation to the United States. By September 30, 2017, the Commercial Crew Program (CCP), along with its industry partners, will make measurable technical and programmatic progress toward the certification of commercial crew transportation systems, including the completion of at least one Design Certification Review.

James Webb Space Telescope.

Revolutionize humankind's understanding of the Cosmos and humanity's place in it. By October 2018, NASA will launch the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb). To enable this launch date, NASA will complete the testing of the Webb Optical Telescope Element plus Integrated Science Instrument Module by September 30, 2017.

National Science Foundation's Priority Goals

Improve STEM graduate student preparedness.

Improve STEM graduate student preparedness for entering the workforce. By September 30, 2017, NSF will fund at least three summer institutes and 75 supplements to existing awards to provide STEM doctoral students with opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills to prepare for a range of careers.

Invest strategically in public participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research (PPSR).

Build the capacity of the Nation to solve research challenges and improve learning by investing strategically in crowdsourcing and other forms of public participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research (PPSR). By September 30, 2017, NSF will implement mechanisms to expand and deepen the engagement of the public in research.

NRC does not have any agency priority goals per OMB's direction.

Office of Personnel Management's Priority Goals

Human Resource Workforce Capability.

Close skills gaps in the Federal human resource workforce by developing and launching a Federal HR curriculum. By the end of FY 2016, build and launch curricula for staffing and classification. Baseline HR professionals' proficiency levels for the Staffing specialty area competencies, and set targets for improvement. By the end of FY 2017, build and launch curricula for employee relations and labor relations; and design a certification program for existing HR University curricula.

FEHB Plan Performance.

Improve health outcomes for the 8.2 million Federal employees, retirees, and their dependents enrolled in health plans participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program. In 2016, FEHB plan performance will be assessed based on a common set of measures of clinical quality, customer service and appropriate resource use; this performance assessment will be used in the determination of plan profit margins. While each plan will be assessed based on its performance, overall progress for the FEHB program will be measured by an increase in the number of FEHB plans at or above the 50th percentile of the relevant national, commercial benchmark year-on-year as measured by FEHB plan scored values on the designated high priority indicators used continuously during the evaluation period. These high priority measures include: risk adjusted all cause readmissions, timeliness of prenatal care, and blood pressure control.

Cybersecurity Monitoring.

Continue enhancing the security of OPM's information systems by strengthening authentication and expanding the implementation of continuous monitoring. OPM will increase the use of multi-factor strong authentication in multiple ways. While OPM enforces Personal Identity Verification (PIV) authentication for its internal users, OPM targets PIV usage for OPM services at 50 percent of Federal users by the end of FY 2016. By the end of FY 2017, OPM will enforce multi-factor authentication for 100 percent of all PIV-enabled users and 80 percent of non-PIV-enabled users. OPM will increase its security posture by expanding the Information Security Continuous Monitoring (ISCM) capabilities throughout FY 2015. Leveraging the Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation (CDM) program, OPM will expand continuous diagnostic capabilities by increasing the network sensor capacity, automating sensor collections, and prioritizing risk alerts. By the end of the second quarter of FY 2016, OPM will have acquired, implemented, and refined the four (4) CDM controls including vulnerability management, secure configuration management, hardware asset management, and software asset management. These tools will increase OPM's ability to identify and respond to security issues. By the end of FY 2016, 95 percent of OPM's assets will be visible in the CDM dashboard. In FY 2017, OPM will use the benchmarking results to identify and prioritize the implementation of other ISCM controls. OPM will continue to pursue a number of additional actions as outlined in its Cybersecurity Monitoring goal.

Retirement Services Case Processing.

Reduce Federal retirement case processing time by making comprehensive improvements and moving toward electronic processing of all retirement applications. In FY 2016, process 90 percent of cases in 60 days or less (as of March 2015, 81.6 percent of cases were processed in 60 days or less). Support the 90/60 goal by:

          • increasing the percentage of complete cases received from agencies to
            90 percent or greater;
          • continuing to develop capabilities to receive electronic retirement applications;
          • building a court-ordered benefit case reporting mechanism to capture inventory
            and timeliness of court-ordered cases by the first quarter of FY 2016.
            Establish baseline data for timeliness by the end of FY 2016.

Background Investigations Case Processing Timeliness and Quality.
Increase investigative capacity and implement additional process improvements with the aim of meeting the timeliness standards set by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 for background investigations while maintaining investigative quality. Throughout FY 2016, OPM will improve production output in response to the increasing workload demands of its customers, while reducing the larger than normal inventory of cases created during the transition from one of its investigative contractors. OPM will accomplish this while maintaining its target of 99 percent or more of all OPM investigations adjudicated as "quality complete" for investigations closed.

Small Business Administration's Priority Goals

Strengthen and expand the network of lenders offering SBA products.

By September 30, 2017, expand access to capital for small businesses by increasing the number of lenders in SBA's 7(a) loan program from 2,244 (FY 2014) to 2,500.

Maximize small business participation in government contracting.

Through September 30, 2017, maximize small business participation in federal prime contracting to meet the statutory goal of 23%, ensure targets for subgoals are met, and reduce participation by ineligible firms.

Grow the number of 8(a)-certified disadvantaged small businesses.

By September 30, 2017, support more disadvantaged small businesses by increasing the number of approved 8(a)-certification applications by 5% each fiscal year, FY 2016 and FY 2017.

Social Security Administration's Priority Goals

Increase customer satisfaction with our services.

          • For the eight agency services included in the ForeSee eGovernment Satisfaction
            Index, ensuring that our customers continue to rate our internet services above
            the excellent threshold (over 80 points) on average, with a FY 2016 average of
            at least 84.5 and a FY 2017 average of at least 85.
          • Ensuring that our customers rate our office and telephone services as
            Excellent, Very Good, or Good (E/VG/G), with a FY 2016 target of 80, and a
            FY 2017 target of 82.

Improve customer service and convenience by increasing online transactions.

Improve customer service and convenience by increasing the volume of online transactions by 25 million each year. An increase of 25 million represents a 35 percent increase over FY 2014 volume (most recent full year data). This increase will result in a total of 112.1 million online transactions in FY 2016 and 137 million in FY 2017.

Improve Supplemental Security Income payment accuracy.

Improve the integrity of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program by ensuring that 95 percent of our payments are free of overpayment.

Reduce the Disability Hearings Pending.

By the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017, we will improve customer service in the hearings process by reducing the wait time for a hearing decision. In FY 2016, we will decide 99% of cases that begin the fiscal year at 430 days old or older (our 252,000 oldest cases).
          • 25% decided by Q1
          • 50% decided by Q2
          • 75% decided by Q3
          • 99% decided by Q4

In FY 2017, we will decide 99% of cases that begin the fiscal year at 365 days old or older.

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