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Monday, October 16, 2006

White House report touts management success stories

The President's Management Council on Friday published its annual report on governmentwide efforts to improve program performance, this time emphasizing agency success stories over specific grades on a traffic-light-style management score card.

The report, released by the Office of Management and Budget, reviewed the government's efforts to meet the goals laid out in the President's Management Agenda. It is a supplement to the administration's quarterly score cards assessing agency management accomplishments.

OMB Deputy Director for Management Clay Johnson said this year's focus on success stories reflected President Bush's interest in knowing how improvements in agencies' ratings translate into program enhancements.

The report described an administration goal of saving $50 billion annually through enhancements to performance and efficiency, and highlighted examples of programs that have reported improvements.

The council also noted that a consolidation of financial management systems at the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development is projected to save $20 million over 10 years.

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