What You Need to Know About OMB's Cross-Agency Goals

By John Kamensky

March 13, 2014

The Office of Management and Budget has released an updated list of cross-agency priority goals for the remainder of the Obama administration. This is the first in a two-part series addressing the details of each goal.

Cross-agency priority goals address the longstanding challenge of tackling horizontal problems across vertical organizational silos. Fifteen cross-agency goals were announced in the fiscal 2015 federal budget proposal—seven mission-oriented and eight management-focused—with a four-year time horizon. To establish these goals, OMB solicited nominations from federal agencies and several congressional committees. Only three carry over from the previous set of commitments.

To ensure effective leadership and accountability across government, senior leaders at the Executive Office of the President and key agencies have been named to guide each effort. Later this spring, the goal leaders will release more detailed action plans, including metrics and milestones to gauge progress. Each quarter, OMB will review progress on these goals and post the latest results on Performance.gov.

Following are edited excerpts of the mission-oriented goals detailed on Performance.gov:

Mission-Oriented Cross-Agency Priority Goals

Goal 1: Cybersecurity

Improve cybersecurity performance through ongoing awareness of information security, vulnerabilities and threats—ensuring that only authorized users have access to resources and information—and the implementation of technologies and processes that reduce the risk of malware.

Goal leaders:

Goal 2: Climate Change

More than double the government’s use of renewable energy sources to 20 percent by 2020—the current goal is 7.5 percent. Improve energy efficiency at federal facilities as part of the wider strategy to reduce (a) direct greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent and (b) indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 13 percent by 2020, based on a 2008 baseline.

Goal leaders:

Goal 3: Insider Threat and Security Clearance

Mitigate the inherent risks and vulnerabilities posed by employees with trusted access to government information, facilities, systems and other personnel. Steps include:

Goal leaders:

Goal 4: Job-Creating Investment

Improve federal investment tools and resources, while also increasing interagency coordination, to encourage foreign direct investment, spurring job growth. This will include the involvement of a global investment team to encourage business investments.

Goal leaders:

Goal 5: Infrastructure Permitting Modernization

Modernize the federal permitting and review process for major infrastructure projects to reduce uncertainty for project applicants, reduce the aggregate time it takes to conduct reviews and make permitting decisions by half, and produce measurably better environmental and community outcomes. This will include an existing implementation plan that identifies four strategies, 15 reforms and nearly 100 specific milestones.

Goal leaders:

Goal 6: STEM Education

Improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education by implementing the Federal STEM Education 5-Year Strategic Plan, announced in May 2013, which includes specific strategies and targets. This is the continuation of an earlier priority goal.

Goal leaders:

Goal 7: Service Members and Veterans Mental Health

Improve mental health outcomes for service members, veterans and their families. Steps include:

Goal leaders:

Part 2 of this series will list management-related cross-agency priority goals.

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By John Kamensky

March 13, 2014

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