GPRA study reveals a failure to communicate

GPRA study reveals a failure to communicate

Although federal research managers have attempted to comply with the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act, they often fail to communicate effectively with oversight panels, a study concluded this month.

The National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy commissioned the study of GPRA compliance by agencies that do scientific and technical research. The panel focused on five agencies that receive the bulk of federal research funding: the Energy and Defense departments, NASA, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

The yearlong study examined GPRA compliance for core research missions, not financial and personnel management, said Deborah D. Stine, the committee's associate director.
Managers get conflicting messages from oversight bodies about format, content and procedures in evaluating their work for GPRA, the panel said.

The full text of the report is posted at books.nap.edu/catalog/10106.html.

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