MANAGING FOR RESULTS: Executive Branch Should More Fully Implement the GPRA Modernization Act to Address Pressing Governance Challenges


Start: 2013-06-26, Publication: 2013-06-27


The executive branch has taken a number of steps to implement key provisions of the GPRA Modernization Act (the act). The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) developed interim cross-agency priority (CAP) goals, and agencies developed agency priority goals (APG). Agency officials reported that their agencies have assigned performance management leadership roles and responsibilities to officials who generally participate in performance management activities, including quarterly performance reviews (QPR) for APGs. Further, OMB developed, a government-wide website, which provides quarterly updates on the CAP goals and APGs. However, the executive branch needs to do more to fully implement and leverage the act's provisions to address governance challenges.

OMB and agencies have identified many programs and activities that contribute to goals, as required, but are missing additional opportunities to address crosscutting issues. For example, few have identified tax expenditures, which represented about $1 trillion in forgone revenue in fiscal year 2012, due to a lack of OMB guidance and oversight. Therefore, the contributions made by tax expenditures towards broader federal outcomes are unknown.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:United States Government Accountability Office



  • J. Christopher MihmGAO Contact -- Managing Director, Strategic Issues

  • Elizabeth Curda(Assistant Director) supervised this review and the development of the resulting report.

  • Benjamin T. Lichtsupervised this review and the development of the resulting report.