The Obama administration should modify, but not scrap, existing performance measurement systems, according to a report released on July 6 by good government and watchdog groups. While the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act and the Bush administration's Program Assessment Rating Tool have increased the focus on performance and accountability, the report said, the tools are limited in their effectiveness because of a lack of high-level leadership, insufficient involvement from Congress and other stakeholders, and uncoordinated mandates. "This suggests that PART should be revised and updated to address problems evident in both its design and its implementation," stated the report, released by Accenture's Institute for Public Service Value, the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and OMB Watch, a Washington-based watchdog group.
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