OMB deputy says Bush will use Results Act to push reforms

The second-ranking official at the Office of Management and Budget said Tuesday that the Bush administration will use the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act as the cornerstone of its efforts to improve federal management. In an exclusive interview with GovExec.com, OMB Deputy Director Sean O'Keefe said management issues were "very much at the top of the agenda" at the agency. O'Keefe said he has spent a lot of time talking to Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, a leading proponent of results-based management on Capitol Hill, about the approach the Bush team should take. O'Keefe also said he is reaching out to appropriations committees in the House and Senate to involve them in discussions about how to best establish performance measures for agencies and link them to budget discussions. O'Keefe said agencies have varying levels of commitment to the Results Act, which mandates that they create strategic plans, set performance goals and report on their progress in achieving them. Some see the law as an effective way to improve management, while others use "an awful lot of happy talk but don't mean any of it," he said. Still others, O'Keefe said, "are flat clueless on it." Nevertheless, O'Keefe said, the federal management agenda "is clearer today than it has been for awhile and there are more tools out there than there have been before." O'Keefe served as Navy Secretary and Defense Department comptroller in the previous Bush administration. Prior to his OMB appointment, he was a professor of business and government policy at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. O'Keefe said OMB is in the process of preparing a series of specific management reform proposals that would be implemented during the fiscal 2003 budget cycle. The timing of the release of the proposals, he said, "is still being worked out," but will "certainly be no later than summer." OMB officials are engaged in a "vigorous internal debate," O'Keefe said, over the value of creating a wide-ranging inventory of ideas that are worth pursuing in the management improvement arena. Such an approach could "fall under the weight of being too diffuse," he acknowledged. Earlier this month, O'Keefe issued a memo telling agencies that in preparing fiscal 2002 performance plans, they should make greater use of performance-based contracts, expand online procurement activities and put 5 percent of the jobs they have listed as commercial in nature up for competition with private firms. O'Keefe said the Bush administration has been actively seeking to fill the position of deputy director for management at OMB-a job that will likely also include the duties of federal chief information officer-but have been hampered in their efforts by the onerous nomination and confirmation process.
Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by Brocade

    Best of 2016 Federal Forum eBook

    Earlier this summer, Federal and tech industry leaders convened to talk security, machine learning, network modernization, DevOps, and much more at the 2016 Federal Forum. This eBook includes a useful summary highlighting the best content shared at the 2016 Federal Forum to help agencies modernize their network infrastructure.

    Download
  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    GBC Flash Poll Series: Merger & Acquisitions

    Download this GBC Flash Poll to learn more about federal perspectives on the impact of industry consolidation.

    Download
  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    A DevOps Roadmap for the Federal Government

    This GBC Report discusses how DevOps is steadily gaining traction among some of government's leading IT developers and agencies.

    Download
  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

    Download
  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreements

    Read this eBook to learn how defense agencies can achieve savings and efficiencies with an Enterprise Software Agreement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Cloudera

    Government Forum Content Library

    Get all the essential resources needed for effective technology strategies in the federal landscape.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.