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GPRA Modernization Act of 2010

On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. The Act modernizes the federal government's performance management framework, retaining and amplifying some aspects of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) while also addressing some of its weaknesses. The GPRA Modernization Act serves as a foundation for helping agencies to focus on their highest priorities and creating a culture where data and empirical evidence plays a greater role in policy, budget, and management decisions.

The purposes of the GPRA Modernization Act were to:

  • Modernize and refine the requirements established by GPRA in order to produce more frequent, relevant data which can then inform decision makers and agency operations;
  • Codify and strengthen existing resources for performance management, including the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Performance Improvement Officers (PIOs) within the federal agencies and the interagency Performance Improvement Council (PIC);
  • Apply the latest technologies and lessons learned from nearly two decades of GPRA implementation;
  • Lead to more effective management of government agencies at a reduced cost.

The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 has a number of new requirements:

  • Naming of a Performance Improvement Officer (PIO) and a Performance Improvement Council (PIC);
  • Performance.gov - a government-wide performance website to promote transparency through external reporting of agency progress on performance goals to the public;
  • Agency Priority Goals (APGs) - aligned with their strategic goals and objectives, Agencies identify priorities among their performance goals as areas to achieve near-term performance acceleration through focused senior leadership attention;
  • Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals - established performance goals for each crosscutting federal government priority goal to encourage coordination and efficiency;
  • Strategic Reviews - report annually on the agency goals and objectives through data-driven reviews;
  • Strategic Planning - the schedule of the strategic plan has been modified to coincide with the presidential term.
  • New Reporting Requirements - agencies are required to review performance progress on a quarterly basis and to include information on the strategies used, implementation, and metrics.