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Friday, February 01, 2008

Agencies' management grades continue to rise

Federal agencies have made significant progress in the past year implementing the President's Management Agenda, with the greatest improvements coming in financial performance and e-government, Bush administration officials said Thursday.

Clay Johnson, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, was brimming with confidence as he unveiled the results of the PMA score card for the final quarter of 2007 and compared the grades with the poor performance record the administration reported seven years ago.

In 2001, only 20 percent of large federal agencies had scores of green or yellow, indicating that they were performing at least moderately acceptably; the rest were rated red for unsatisfactory. Now, 87 percent have reached at least yellow status, a 9 percent uptick from last year.

In total, agencies had 10 status upgrades in the past year and 28 marks of improvement over the previous quarter. The bulk of that progress can be tracked to agencies implementing an IT breach notification policy that many failed to develop in the fall of 2007.

Three agencies, meanwhile, earned all green ratings on each of the five initiatives: human capital, competitive sourcing, financial performance, e-government and performance improvement.

-Robert Brodsky, GovExec.com

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