Earlier this year Thompson asked the General Accounting Office to assess agencies' annual performance plans and reports under the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). Under GPRA, federal agencies are required to craft five-year strategic plans, along with annual performance reports and performance plans.
In June, Thompson issued a comprehensive report, "Government at the Brink," detailing management problems in the federal government as a whole and at individual agencies, calling the government's mismanagement "shocking."
Thompson was elected to the Senate in 1994 to serve the remainder of Al Gore's term after Gore left to become Vice President in the Clinton administration. Thompson was reelected to the Senate in 1996.