The Dearth of Performance Metrics in the Department of Defense
Discusses a bill in the United States, signed into law in 1993, known as "The Government Performance and Results Act."
# 47137 | 3,936 words | 11 sources | APA | 2004 |
Published on Feb 02, 2004 in Economics (Econometrics) , Political Science (Government Agencies) , Economics (National) , Economics (Public Finance) , Political Science (U.S. Federal Politics) , Political Science (Fiscal Policy (economy)) , Public Administration (General)
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This paper looks at an innovative piece of legislation in the U.S. government known as "The Government Performance and Results Act". The bill was initiated as a result of the lack of public confidence in government institutions and is intended to mandate the use of "program metrics" and "results-related" planning for the Department of Defense and all federal agencies. In addition to explaining why such a bill was deemed necessary, this paper also examines the bill's success rate, the meaning and implementation status of the term "metrics" in the Department of Defense, and what will happen if the federal government does not use metrics or does not use them effectively.
From the Paper:"Prior to examining the specific program metrics implemented in DOD, and the results therein, it would seem instructive for the big picture to look at the overall success or failure of GPRA; indeed, the DOD is just one piece of the overall puzzle in a maze of myriad federal programs and initiatives. The first big test of the success of GPRA came shortly after 1997, which was the deadline for all agencies in the Federal Government to produce their initial goals for a results-based honest measurement of their performance. And basically, this act was and is a test of the government's ability to "re-invent itself" "to become leaner, more forward-looking and willing to accept the challenges of using public monies in a more frugal and responsible way by projecting what results should be expected."
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