Government Performance and Results Modernization Act (GPRMA)

Original Text

Effective Dates
1/4/2011 - Present

Reform Goals
Strengthen the GPRA, which was intended to improve regulatory agency accountability for achieving and reporting results, thereby allowing Congress to make better decisions about agency budgets and programs.

Requirements (What of whom?)
Updated and strengthened the GPRA by requiring agency heads to hold quarterly meetings to use performance data to improve progress toward high priority goals. Also required agencies to post performance progress online. 

Oversight for rule compliance
Agencies send reports to the The Office of Management and Budget and Congress. 

Reform “Teeth”
There are no specific plans for how Congress or the OMB will take action on performance plans that show agencies underperforming against their goals.

Outcomes
The GAO surveyed mid- and upper-level managers at 24 agencies in 2007 and 2013, and found no significant improvement in reported use of performance data for decision making. [1] This is partially related to the challenges in collecting regulatory performance data in general. Most agencies in general report that the quarterly reviews of Agency Priority Goals (APG’s) are helpful in improving milestone tracking and accountability towards progress. 

Commentary
The GPRMA moderately improved agency discipline around internal progress reviews, but has not affected the quality or effectiveness of federal regulations.

References

  1. United States Government Accountability Office. Report to Congressional Committees. "Managing for Results. Implementation of GPRA Modernization Act Has Yielded Mixed Progress in Addressing Pressing Governance Challenges." September 2015. Link , PDF