ISSUE BRIEF

Governing by the Numbers: 3 Ways Data is Changing How Agencies Improve Performance

In 2007, just half of all federal managers reported using performance measurement data in setting program priorities. That percentage was down about ten points from 1997. Both Congress and the White House have recently initiated efforts to spur better collection and use of performance data to improve agency performance. Three areas will undergo the most significant changes in how agencies serve the American people:
-Agency budgeting and planning
-Performance evaluations
-Regulatory oversight 

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