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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Pondering the PMA

"A few days before the White House's fiscal 2007 budget was released, Clay Johnson III, who oversees the President's Management Agenda, suggested that the Bush administration is doing a better job holding managers accountable for their programs.

Johnson is the keeper of the PMA scorecard, started in 2001, for 26 federal agencies. It looks like a traffic light - green is good, yellow means the agency is showing improvement and red means the management practices are unacceptable. At the end of 2005, Johnson said, about 40 percent of the scores were green.

From his perch as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, Johnson views the scorecard as a way to bring clarity, candor and transparency to agency operations. 'That, then, makes it possible to hold people accountable,' he said. 'And holding people accountable is then what leads to results.' "

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