GAO says many agencies have GPRA troubles

The Government Performance and Results Act remains a mystery to many agencies, the General Accounting Office says.

Nineteen of 24 major agencies GAO reviewed are having difficulty detailing performance data in relationship to mission goals, according to a new GAO report, Performance Reporting: Few Agencies Reported on the Completeness and Reliability of Performance Data.

Only five agencies submitted fiscal 2000 performance reports to Congress that included assessments of the completeness and reliability of the data as required by the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000.

GAO said the other 19 included some details of the quality of their performance but that their assessments were incomplete. GAO also found that only six agencies used a standard metric to performance data. Four agencies used the Office of Management and Budget's suggested standards, one used a self-assessment tool and another hired a contractor.

The Energy and Labor departments, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Science Foundation and Nuclear Regulatory Commission were the five agencies that submitted complete assessments.

OMB's plans to emphasize this issue to agencies should help improve agency reporting, the report said

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