As part of ongoing efforts to increase transparency in the federal bureaucracy, President Barack Obama’s chief performance officer announced a new website, performance.gov, will be available to the public later this fall.
In a Sept. 14 memo to the Senior Executive Service – the top executives of the federal civilian workforce – Jeffrey Zients, who is also the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, said the memo “detail(s) our strategies and key initiatives, and describe(s) the early progress we have achieved. I believe we are off to a good start, and that we are developing the momentum required for meaningful, sustained improvements in how the government works for the American people.”
The site will detail progress on six goals of the new Accountable Government Initiative, including reforming contracting, cutting waste and increasing accountability.
To help with implementing those goals, Zients described the website performance.gov, which is already accessible to federal managers, as a “one-stop shop for federal performance information.”
“Performance.gov will provide unmatched transparency on government performance and will help create the clarity and the culture of accountability required to achieve meaningful improvements,” he said.
The six strategies laid out in the Zients memo to “make government work better, faster and more efficiently” are:
· Driving agency top priorities
· Cutting waste
· Reforming contracting
· Closing the IT gap
· Promoting accountability and innovation through open government
· Attracting and motivating top talent
The Accountable Government Initiative, which aims to cut waste and increase government transparency, was unveiled earlier this summer.