Category Archives: Government Performance

Could Federal Ratings Be Applied to Human Service Providers?

Could draft federal ratings for colleges and universities, released by the U.S. Department of Education on December 19, become a model for human service providers?  At first glance, the sheer difficulty of the task, combined with a lack of time … Continue reading

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Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) Grant Opportunity Opens

On November 24, the Obama administration released information about its Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) initiative, an innovative demonstration program focused on disconnected youth. The announcement from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is below: Today, five Federal agencies are … Continue reading

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Congress May Enact Evidence Commission Bill in Lame Duck Session

The chairs of the House and Senate Budget Committees, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), introduced bipartisan legislation November 20 that would create a new Commission on Evidenced-based Policymaking. If enacted, the commission would submit a report … Continue reading

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White House Finds Common Ground With House Republicans on Evidence Agenda

A team of White House representatives met with staff of the House Budget Committee in late August to discuss possible areas of agreement on evidence and evaluation, according to a report from Government Executive. The meeting came after the White … Continue reading

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GAO: Performance Management in Federal Agencies May Be Stalled

Overall use of performance information by federal agencies has not changed significantly since Congress enacted legislation governing federal performance management in 2011, according to a report released September 26 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report suggests that its … Continue reading

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Is State Performance-based Budgeting Making a Comeback?

According to a story from The Pew Charitable Trusts, performance-based budgeting is making a comeback in state government, but with mixed results so far. According to the story: [The National Association of State Budget Officers] concluded in its 2014 paper … Continue reading

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Performance and Outcomes in the Ryan Anti-poverty Plan

On July 24, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) gave a major speech on poverty that may foreshadow his party’s thinking if Republicans retake the White House in 2016. The speech was accompanied by the release of a 73-page plan, which he … Continue reading

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Obama Administration’s “Evidence and Innovation Agenda” Continues

The White House is directing federal agencies to provide details of both their accomplishments over the past year and plans for the coming year toward implementing the administration’s “Evidence and Innovation Agenda.” The requirements were included in a guidance memo … Continue reading

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