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The Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) established strategic planning, performance planning, and reporting as a framework for agencies to communicate progress in achieving their missions.  On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. The Act modernizes the federal government’s performance management framework, retaining and amplifying some aspects of GPRA while also addressing some of its weaknesses. The GPRA Modernization Act established important changes to existing requirements that move toward a more useful approach to performance planning and reporting.
The GPRA Modernization Act serves as a foundation for helping agencies to focus on their highest priorities and creating a culture where data and empirical evidence plays a greater role in policy, budget, and management decisions. The purposes of the GPRA Modernization Act were to:

  • Modernize and refine the requirements established by GPRA in order to produce more frequent, relevant data which can then inform decision makers and agency operations;
  • Codify and strengthen existing resources for performance management, including the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Performance Improvement Officers (PIOs) within the federal agencies and the interagency Performance Improvement Council (PIC);
  • Apply the latest technologies and lessons learned from nearly two decades of GPRA implementation;
  • Lead to more effective management of government agencies at a reduced cost.

Additional details and guidance regarding GPRA can be found in Part 6 of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB Circular A-11.