Four agencies get e-gov rating boost on OMB management scorecard

Four agencies get e-gov rating boost on OMB management scorecard

The departments of Health and Human Services and State, the General Services Administration and the Agency for International Development took the biggest recent steps toward gaining green ratings for e-government on the President's Management Agenda's scorecard.

The four agencies improved their progress scores, moving from yellow to green, according to the most recent report card, which the Office of Management and Budget just released. Using a color-grading scheme, OMB issues two grades for each of the agenda's five management categories. One score rates overall status; the second rates progress on implementing specific programs.

The Transportation Department and the Smithsonian Institution were the only agencies to drop a grade on progress, going to yellow from green. The remaining agencies' progress ratings went unchanged.

OMB is tracking 27 agencies' efforts to meet Bush administration management goals on human capital, competitive sourcing, financial management, e-government and budget and performance integration. A green rating means an agency has met all of OMB's requirements; yellow means it has met some criteria; and red means it has serious problems.

The administration releases a scorecard every quarter, and changes in scores are compared to the last ratings. The most recent scorecard reported progress of agencies' work between January and March.

Agencies' scores remained static for overall efforts toward getting to green on e-government. The National Science Foundation is the only agency that has reached green; 11 agencies are at yellow; and 14 are at red.

On the other four management agenda items, the departments of Commerce and Education improved to yellow from red for overall status in the human capital category. Otherwise, agencies' ratings did not make any progress toward their overall scores in the other categories.

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