Performance and Accountability:

Reported Agency Actions and Plans to Address 2001 Management Challenges and Program Risks

GAO-03-225: Published: Oct 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2002.

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This report is in response to a request that we examine the actions and plans agencies reported in addressing the high-risk areas and major management challenges that were previously identified by GAO in its January 2001 Performance and Accountability and High-Risk Series. In fulfilling the request, except as otherwise noted, we reviewed the fiscal year 2001 performance report and fiscal year 2003 performance plan required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) for 23 of the 24 Chief Financial Officers Act (CFO) agencies. The Department of Defense was not included in this review since it had not issued its combined performance report and performance plan.

Eighteen of the 23 federal agencies in our review reported in their fiscal year 2001 performance reports that they had made progress on all of the major management challenges. However, 5 of the agencies did not discuss progress on one or more of the challenges. In their fiscal year 2003 performance plans, the agencies discussed, for the most part, performance goals and measures directly or indirectly related to the major management challenges. Specifically, 8 of the 23 agencies discussed directly related goals and measures for all of the challenges, and 8 others listed directly related goals and measures for most of the challenges. The 15 agencies that did not provide directly related goals and measures for all of their challenges varied in the extent to which they did address the challenges. All 23 agencies in our review discussed progress in dealing with strategic human capital management, and 21 of the 23 agencies discussed information security. However, not all the agencies provided performance measures for evaluating progress on these challenges.

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