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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

When the Bush administration rides off, how much of the PMA will remain?

Rob Portman, director of the Office of Management and Budget, hopes the PMA is here to stay. He says the next president, regardless of party affiliation, should adopt the President’s Management Agenda and continue to press ahead on its goal of improving management in the federal government.

“This should not be something that changes from administration to administration,” Portman told Government Leader. “We have to keep the momentum moving. We have to be sure there is a seamless transition to the next administration, Republican or Democrat.”

Whether agencies lose the incentive to meet performance goals as the Bush administration winds down in the next 12 to 24 months remains to be seen. Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, said it’s up to the executive branch to make sure that doesn’t happen.

“It’s going to depend on how the administration drives it,” he said. Whatever happens in the next two years and in the 2008 presidential election, there are threads of government reform woven into law that will connect future administrations, experts say.

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