Managing for results regulatory agencies identified significant barriers to focusing on results : report to Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate, and Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, U.S. House of Representatives
In recent years, an understanding has emerged that the Federal government needs to be run in a more businesslike manner that in the past. The Federal government is accountable to the taxpayer, and taxpayers are demanding as never before that the dollars they invest in their government be managed and spent responsibly. Federal agencies often fail to appropriately manage their finances, identify clearly what they intend to accomplish, or get the job done effectively and with minimum of waste. Major statutes hold promise for creating a more accountable and effective Federal government.
The fed. gov¿t. must seek to deliver results more efficiently. The prior Administration sought to improve efficiency under the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) by requiring programs to have at least one efficiency measure and procedures for improving efficiency, and show annual efficiency gains. This report examined: (1) the types of PART efficiency measures and the extent to which they included typical elements of an efficiency measure; (2) the extent to which selected programs showed gains and how they used efficiency measures for decision making; (3) the challenges selected programs faced in developing and using efficiency measures; and (4) other strategies that can be used to improve efficiency. Illustrations.
An increasing volume of food and medical products marketed in the U.S. are produced in foreign countries. This globalization has challenged the FDA, which is responsible for ensuring the safety of these products. In late 2008 and early 2009, FDA established overseas offices comprised of 42 total staff covering particular countries or regions. The offices develop info. that FDA officials can use to make better decisions about products manufactured in foreign countries, among other activities. This report examined: (1) the steps overseas offices have taken to help ensure the safety of imported products; and (2) the extent to which FDA has engaged in long-term strategic and workforce planning for the overseas offices. Charts and tables. A print on demand report.
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