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GPRA Timetable

June 1, 1997 alaurent@govexec.com xecutive agencies-but not the CIA, the Panama Canal Commission, U.S. Postal Service or the Postal Rate Commission-must meet the following Government Performance and Results Act deadlines: Agency five-year strategic plans, including mission statements, are due to Congress and the Office of Management and Budget Sept. 30 and must be...

Strategic Planning Tips

June 1, 1997 alaurent@govexec.com PRA pilot agencies and performance planning experts give the following tips for agencies preparing their five-year strategic plans: Make sure top management is committed and stays visibly involved. Agency leaders must assure outcomes drive the planning process and keep the focus off agency structure, staffing, systems and expenditures. Top...

Government Performance Project Proceeds

June 1, 1997 hile government measures its own performance via GPRA, Government Executive is involved in a project rating agencies from the outside. The Government Performance Project is a four-year effort by this magazine, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, and Governing magazine, to create a long-term rating...

Results--or Else

June 1, 1997 alaurent@govexec.com group of unlikely specialists is joining doctors and nurses attending auto accident victims in Washington-area hospitals these days-federal auto safety regulators. The rulemakers want to know what results, negative or positive, may be flowing from the safety requirements the government has attempted to impose on American auto fleets. They're...

Cover Your Assets

May 1, 1997 alaurent@govexec.com ast year, a federal agency asked the Office of Management and Budget to approve funding for a computer system upgrade. Why? So the system would be state of the art, the agency said. Unsatisfied with that answer, OMB resource managers pressed the agency to explain why it needed a...

Capital Ideas

May 1, 1997 alaurent@govexec.com apital planning is no easy exercise so it's fortunate that there are a host of guides, seminars and classes available to help you do it. Here are some suggestions. The "Capital Programming Guide," the Office of Management and Budget's handbook, is hot off the presses this month. To get...

New Popularity for Project Managers

May 1, 1997 alaurent@govexec.com f you have a track record in successfully managing large programs, government agencies soon will be beating a path to your door. Publication of the "Capital Programming Guide" ushers in an era of need for project managers, according to OMB Controller G. Edward DeSeve. As he travels the government...

Big Buys

May 1, 1997 alaurent@govexec.com In the fiscal 1998 budget, agencies proposed to buy $61.8 billion in new capital assets-$45.8 billion in Defense projects and $16 billion for other agencies. Here's a look at what some want to buy. Major Items By Agency Army Corps of Engineers $380 million in 1998 for new projects...

Why All the Fuss About Capital Assets?

May 1, 1997 alaurent@govexec.com purred by the National Performance Review, the Office of Management and Budget began taking a closer look at capital assets in 1994, with a bulletin (94-08) designed to help agencies improve the way they buy big items. The budget office recognized that pressure to downsize and restructure was tempting...

Show Me the Money

May 1, 1997 alaurent@govexec.com ull, up-front funding of capital assets helps avoid some of the risks of incremental funding: poor risk management, weak planning, lack of full justification, higher costs, cancellations, loss of sunk costs and inadequate funding to maintain and operate assets, according to the General Accounting Office. Up-front funding also enables...