8 – 26 – 2011
Performance.gov finally debuts to public
By SEAN REILLY | Last Updated: August 25, 2011
Performance.gov — created last year to report agencies' progress in meeting high-priority goals — finally is accessible to citizens.
Previously open only to federal employees, the site can now both help agencies learn from each other and help taxpayers hold the Obama administration accountable, White House officials said Thursday.
"Being transparent helps to identify what's working and what's not working," Federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients said in an interview not long after performance.gov went live to the public.
The site, run by the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration, furnishes an agency-by-agency overview of performance in financial management, human resources and a half-dozen other areas. While much of the content is a compilation of previously available material, such as agency performance reports and a dashboard on the status of information technology projects, it includes some fresh information, such as ratings of federal managers' satisfaction with their agencies' hiring results. More data will be added in the coming year, Zients said.
"It's a dynamic site that will get richer and richer over time," he said.
Zients attributed the delayed public debut to a combination of funding cuts and the need to adapt to requirements imposed by the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, signed into law in January.
Under that law, agencies have to conduct quarterly reviews of progress on selected goals. Under guidance issued last week by OMB, however, only a "brief summary" of those findings will be made public on performance.gov. In some cases, the reviews represent "just individuals' judgments that need follow up," Shelley Metzenbaum, OMB associate director for performance and personnel management, said Thursday.
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