Our performance management efforts are focused on six strategies that have the highest potentialfor achieving meaningful performance improvement within and across Federal agencies.1.
Driving agency top priorities;2.
Closing the IT gap;5.
Promoting accountability and innovation through open government;6.
Attracting and motivating top talent.Just as important as the choice of what strategies to pursue is how we pursue them. We believethat the best way to achieve meaningful performance improvement is to focus on outcomes andto keep government attention on what we want to accomplish. Rather than over-investing inplans about the work that needs to be done to “prepare for change,” our approach is to drivemeaningful, early results. To that end, agencies have identified clear owners for each of our sixperformance strategies and for each agency high priority performance goal. Agency leaders areholding regular goal-focused, data-driven reviews to stay focused on these goals, and to analyzepast experience and other relevant information to guide their actions.To keep leaders focused on outcomes, we have established an unprecedented degree of transparency on objectives, targets, progress, and action plans, and we are integrating ourmanagement priorities into the annual budget process. We have made this performanceinformation accessible to all Federal managers through Performance.gov, and will be opening thesite to the public later this Fall. This one-stop shop for Federal performance information willprovide access to management dashboards related to each performance strategy. It will alsoprovide in-depth information on agency priority goals and key performance indicators, measures,and milestones. Performance.gov will provide unmatched transparency on governmentperformance and will help create the clarity and the culture of accountability required to achievemeaningful improvements.Specifically, we will use Performance.gov to inform regular, data-driven reviews. Where effortsare off-track and a team is not making the necessary mid-course corrections, we will work withthem to get efforts back on track. Where progress is being made and breakthroughs achieved, wewill celebrate success and work to spread best practices for achieving results across government.Where progress toward a goal shared by multiple agencies requires inter-agency coordination orwhere agencies face similar problems that could benefit from cross-agency attention, we willfacilitate those efforts.Across all these efforts, we are focused on achieving rapid results because doing so not onlyproduces performance gains in the short term, but also creates the momentum necessary toachieve lasting, step-function improvements in government efficiency and effectiveness.