Agencies Need to Clarify Priority Goals, GAO Finds

A lack of clarity and interim milestones plague the Obama administration’s goal of mandatory priority goals, according to a new Government Accountability Office report released Friday.

“GAO’s work has repeatedly shown that federal agencies must coordinate better to achieve common outcomes,” GAO wrote in the report.


Auditors recommended that the Office of Management and Budget revise its guidance to provide for interim milestones and describe congressional input on their development.

GAO is required to monitor agency progress toward the 102 agency priority goals pursuant to the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act.

The report was requested by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Tom Carper, D-Del., chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, as well as Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“Many of the meaningful results that the federal government seeks to achieve cannot be realized without effective coordination and collaboration both within and across agencies,” GAO wrote.

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