The Future of Performance Management—"Building Back Better"


February 23, 2021


1:00 PM



Location: Online

During the final days of the Trump administration, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Russell Vought removed OMB’s Directive A-11, Part 6 requirements. These included OMB’s oversight role and agency performance reporting requirements, along with other strategic planning and evidence-based requirements established by the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act, the so-called Evidence Act and the DATA Act. Part of the rationale for this action was that collecting the data was too burdensome, Congress had not scheduled any hearings recently on the issue and there was little interest by the public in performance information.

What happens next? The all-star group of panelists for this webinar will discuss how this last-minute disruptive change by the Trump Administration may be an opportunity for improving the future of performance management within the federal government by engaging its state and local government partners, as well. They will discuss ways to help government leaders improve performance toward achieving desired outcomes based on improved data and evidence, and how to address cross-agency problems and intergovernmental issues to achieve better delivery of services to the nation.

Attendee takeaways will include discussion of the future of performance management, especially in terms of future guidance to federal agencies, including:

  • Are there some insights about why public or Congressional silence, or indifference, are not good reasons to abandon a valuable performance management framework?
  • What are the potential areas for improvement, as the Biden Administration re-establishes this framework?
  • How has OMB’s Guidance (in A-11, Part 6) evolved to become a broader performance and evidence-based framework beyond the Government Performance and Results Act?
  • What might be the future Congressional role in performance management oversight?
  • What are the potential implications for Intergovernmental and Cross-Agency Performance?
  • How should the performance framework align with Biden Administration Goals, including addressing the Pandemic of Covid-19, the Economy, Climate, and Racial Justice (as well as evidence-based decisions)?

Jonathan D. Breul, Moderator, (ret.) Executive Director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government
Patria de Lancer Julnes, Introductions, Board Member, Center for Accountability and Performance
Don Kettl, Sid Richardson Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas-Austin
Shelley Metzenbaum, Associate Director of Performance and Personnel Management, OMB (2009-2013)
Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO
Robert J. Shea, National Managing Principal, Public Policy, Grant-Thornton LLP; former Associate Director, OMB (2003-2008)