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Monday, November 21, 2005

Despite ratings slips OMB calls PMA scorecard requirements 'very reasonable'

Although several agencies saw their grades fall on the e-government portion of the most recent President's Management Agenda scorecard, Office of Management and Budget officials do not believe they have set the bar too high for agencies to earn and maintain high marks.

Karen Evans, OMB's administrator for e-government and IT, said the milestones and requirements to achieve the coveted "green" scorecard rating - the highest score - are sufficient and resulted from negotiations with the top brass at all federal agencies.

"We finalized [the milestones] with the agencies in September," Evans said today in Washington at the Program Management Summit. If agencies "think there [are] too many milestones - they agreed to them. ... We did try to be very reasonable."

The latest PMA scorecard, released Wednesday, saw six agencies lose their green status related to compliance with OMB's e-government initiative.

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