Following its most recent scorecard assessment for the
President’s Management Agenda, the Office of Management
and Budget has said agencies have made real progress in
becoming results oriented organizations but singled out the
Department of Energy and the Office of Personnel Management
for making the most progress since the PMA was launched in
August of 2001.
OMB praised DoE for knowing what skills it needs, working
to reduce gaps in those skills and for training and
rewarding individuals who achieve certification in an area
and then prove they can manage projects successfully.
DoE was also recognized for competing its financial
services and determining it was more cost-effective to
keep them in-house through consolidation and restructuring,
something that resulted in the elimination of 63 financial
services positions and could save $31 million over five
In addition to being a leader in E-Gov and IT management,
OPM is leading the government’s strategic management of
human capital initiative as well as setting a good example
in that area by judging employees according to the extent
their work contributes to agency objectives, says OMB.
It praised OPM for out bidding the private sector by keeping
its testing services in-house by paring it down, likely
saving $9 million over five years. OMB also mentioned that
OPM improves management in some programs by integrating
performance assessments into congressional budget requests
— and that to keep receiving high ratings in this area
OPM would need to, for example, continue examining the impact
its benefit programs have on employee recruitment and
OMB said agencies improved in about half of the 130 management
areas (twenty-six agencies are rated quarterly in five areas),
up from 15 percent two years ago.