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OMB sets July reviews of agencies' progress toward high-priority goals

Jun. 16, 2010 - 06:00AM   |  
By TOM SPOTH   |   Comments
Shelley Metzenbaum, OMB's associate director for performance and personnel management, said OMB will hold performance reviews with each agency in July, and hopes to set up a website by this fall to publicly report on agencies' progress.
Shelley Metzenbaum, OMB's associate director for performance and personnel management, said OMB will hold performance reviews with each agency in July, and hopes to set up a website by this fall to publicly report on agencies' progress. (Chris Maddaloni / Staff)

The Office of Management and Budget in July will begin to review agencies' progress in meeting the high-priority goals they identified in the fiscal 2011 budget, a top OMB official said today.

OMB will hold performance reviews with each agency in July, and hopes to set up a website by this fall to publicly report on agencies' progress, Shelley Metzenbaum, OMB's associate director for performance and personnel management, said at the Senior Executives Association leadership conference. OMB has already discussed plans for moving toward key objectives with the "goal leaders" agencies made responsible for specific goals, Metzenbaum said.

In fiscal 2011 budget guidance released last spring, OMB asked agencies to identify three to eight "ambitious, outcome-oriented high-priority goals" to achieve in one or two years.

Metzenbaum said agencies shouldn't expect a checklist from OMB of metrics or tools they have to use to measure and improve their performance.

"We're trying not to be too overly prescriptive and [not to] say, you have to walk this walk," she said.

The website will be something like the dashboard that OMB uses to rate government information-technology projects, in the sense that it aims to provide accountability by publicizing executives' progress, Metzenbaum said. However, she added that while a dashboard flashes warning signals when something is going wrong, the new site will act more like a GPS that guides agencies toward a destination.

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