Federal Manager's Daily Report

OMB has signaled it intends to relieve agencies of some of the reporting requirements in the process of preparing annual budgets submissions to Congress, saying that data generated per the Government Performance and Results Act is proving to be little-used.

“A forthcoming memorandum will provide further guidance concerning this revision and the statutory requirements for agencies. Efforts to reduce the burden and expense of low-value Government work have been a hallmark of this administration. We have consistently sought to streamline or eliminate bureaucratic processes that do not lead to impactful change or measurable efficiencies,” said a revision to Circular A-11, the budget preparation guidance.

It says that GPRA “was originally enacted to provide data useful to three audiences: Congress (as an oversight tool); the Executive Branch (as a management tool); and the general public, to inform taxpayers what federal spending yields. But GPRA itself has yielded few tangible results. Indeed, the thousands of pages of performance data generated by agencies and posted on performance.gov each year attract little interest.”

Aggregate user time spent viewing the raw federal financial data posted on USAspending.gov is more than 30-times greater, it said.

“For its part, Congress has not held a hearing focused on performance data for years. This lack of interest in the vast bulk of GPRA-generated performance data is not new; it has persisted throughout recent Presidential administrations led by both major parties,” it added.

It said that upcoming guidance on GPRA implementation “will be issued to facilitate the provision of more focused and meaningful information to stakeholders.”

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