President Barack Obama in February presented his eighth and final budget, which includes a list of programs he’d like to see reduced or ended. How and why do programs end up on the chopping block, and what might save them from the cut?
Cybersecurity and customer service were popular additions to many federal agencies’ priority goals for 2016 and 2017.
The Obama Administration has tried to infuse a love of data and evidence into the federal bureaucracy with mixed success. It’s also pledged to give agencies more flexibility in hiring to bring people with fresh ideas into the government. For perspective on the management agenda, Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke to Shelly Metzenbaum, who served as Office of Management and Budget assistant director for performance. She now is president of the Volcker Alliance. Metzenbaum recently testified on Capitol Hill about the problems she sees in federal management and performance.
Experts say Beth Cobert must take the Goldilocks approach to developing management priorities for the next three years. President Barack Obama nominated Cobert to be OMB’s deputy director for management Wednesday. Performance management observers say she needs to bring energy and new ways of looking at old problems.
Shelley Metzenbaum is now the president of the Volcker Alliance, a non-partisan group trying to improve trust in government. Metzenbaum left the Obama administration earlier this month.
Shelley Metzenbaum’s last day was Friday after four years at OMB as the associate director for personnel and performance. She said agencies understand now, more than ever, that setting goals and measuring their performance against them makes a big difference in how they meet their missions.
OMB’s associate director of performance and personnel management is returning to Boston after four years of leading the day-to-day Obama administration performance management agenda.
The administration updated Performance.gov with a variety of data to highlight progress against each agency’s goals and the cross-agency goals. OMB’s Shelley Metzenbaum said the depth of information now on the site puts pressure on agencies to meet or surpass their goals. Interior and Education provide examples of how the discipline that the high-priority goals demanded has positively impacted their agency.
The White House issued the updated Circular A-11 guidance for the 2014 budget development. The performance management section includes some of the most significant changes. In an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio, OMB’s Shelley Metzenbaum said agencies have a multi-year plan to improve programs and accountability.
Shelley Metzenbaum said agencies are doing a better job in setting outcome-based goals and using data to measure their progress. OPM is finalizing guidance and training to use the competence models for performance improvement positions. Treasury and DHS are setting their own path to using data to meet their mission goals.