February 9, 2006
Americans deserve to have the government spend their hard-earned tax dollars effectively, and better every year. The President, every member of
Congress and every federal employee needs to be held accountable for getting results with the money they spend.
With the help of what we call the President's Management Agenda the federal government is getting better at managing our people, costs, investments,
assets and programs; so we spend the taxpayers. money on real needs and get what we pay for. In general we clearly define the desired human resource,
financial management, program management, etc. practices and then hold agencies accountable for adopting and establishing those practices.
We're making great progress. We're very committed to making these improvements because the President has made it clear that it's a priority.
also very transparent about we are doing well and where we aren't, because we want to be held accountable for getting this done.
Michael, from Powell, TN writes:
Could you explain the new online tool Expectmore.com?
Michael, thanks for visiting ExpectMore.gov. This new website allows the general public to review the performance of every Federal program. Today the site includes assessments of almost 800 programs accounting for 80 percent of the Federal budget; the rest will be completed within a year. For every program assessed, visitors can find a rating of the programs performance, its strengths and weaknesses, and the programs improvement plan. ExpectMore.gov also links to detailed program assessments and the programs own site. Visitors can search for desired programs in many ways, including by type of program or rating. It shows where Federal programs are succeeding, admits where they fall short, and lays out what all programs are doing to get greater results.
Hi Mr. Johnson, I was reading about the new bill that the President
signed, The Deficit Reduction Act, and was impressed by what it will
accomplish. There is no doubt that Medicare and Medicaid need to be
streamlined and that future spending should be held to the amount
In regards to other government programs, is the ExpectMore.gov sight
designed to allow for the average citizen to discuss or notify proper
persons of problems they have experienced or noted regarding various
government programs--almost like a "watchdog hotline" of sorts? If not,
is there a forum for this? Thank you
Yes, there is information about how to provide general feedback. If you want to report some instance of waste, fraud or abuse you can go to www.IGNET.gov.
Bret, from Rockville MD
Where can I find the list of the 141 programs that have been cut as
stated as "Terminates or reduces 141 programs that are not getting
results or not fulfilling essential priorities, for a proposed savings
of $14.7 billion" at www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/budget/2007
The list of 141 programs that we are proposing for major savings and reform can be found online at www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2007/pdf/savings.pdf. These reductions will help meet the Presidents deficit reduction goals and cut the deficit in half by 2009.
John, from Columbus, Ohio writes:
Dear Mr. Johnson, I have heard that the Federal Budget does not
evaluate returns for certain programs, but instead funds them and
actualy adds to them with the thought it will cost more the next year.
For instance, food stamps while a good program is not being evaluated.
It has its funding increased every year by whatever percent, even though
Ohio is begging people to use the program. If we don't evaluate need,
then how can we act fiscally responsible for the country. If people need
it, then lets use it.
If it isn't being used, then don't fund it. The question is how are we
evaluating programs. Thanks
We use an instrument called the PART, a series of 25 or 30 questions we ask of each program. We have evaluated programs that account for 80% of the budget and will assess the remaining 20% this year. You can find more at ExpectMore.gov.
Kharis, from Boston ,MA
Do you believe federal government will be able to recover from budget
deficits incurred over the last few years without raising taxes for the
people? Especially since health and social security experience short
falls. Do you think republicans and democrats can put aside differences
and become bipartisan? Alternatively, do you see a greater divide for
future generations? Economically is it fair to say program funds are
close to bankruptcy?
Yes. Yes. No. No.
Evan, from Sacramento, CA
Sir,I have reviewed a number of sections of the proposed presidential
budget and have only found explicit mention of only a few of the
programs that are suggested to be terminated. Can you please provide an
actual list of those programs and then post it online in an easy to find
location? thank you for your time, Evan
The list of proposed reductions and eliminations can be found at OMB.gov.
Jeff, from Ely, Nevada writes:
How does the new website measure the performance of government programs?
To produce the content for ExpectMore.gov, OMB and Federal agencies assessed the programs using a standardized, objective approach called the Program Assessment Rating Tool, or PART. The PART consists of 25 questions about a programs performance, design, and management. Once the assessments are complete, programs develop improvement plans to address PART findings. You can learn more about the PART here: /omb/expectmore/part.html
Roger, from St. Paul, MN
I just read a Feb 6 Heritage Foundation report that suggests that
Federal Expenditures are scheduled to exceed 70 of GDP by 2047.
Shouldn't Republicans be disturbed by this prospect?
Ask your son, Alex.
Brian, from Center Point, IA
At ExpectMore.gov Many Programs are listed as "Results Not Demonstrated"
does this mean the majority of these programs are not performing, or are
they just not able to collect data?
Brian- A rating of Results Not Demonstrated indicates that a program has not been able to develop acceptable performance goals or collect data to determine whether it is performing.
Regina, from New York
Did the President sign S1932 (Deficit Reduction Act of 2005)into law? If
not, when is it anticipated that he might take this action?
Regina- Yes, the President signed the Deficit Reduction Act at a signing ceremony here at the White House yesterday. That law will be an important step towards slowing the growth of some of our entitlement program -- a key part of reducing the deficit. You can read the Presidents remarks at yesterdays ceremony here: www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/02/20060208-8.html
Cajus, from Dallas writes:
As the Deputy Director for Management, you must do a lot of interviewing
and hiring. What are the characteristics that you look when interviewing
someone for a manager position, and how big a role does a person's work
experiencehistory play in getting hired?
I don't do much interviewing in my current position, but I did a lot of it in my previous position as the Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel. My staff and I paid a lot of attention to previous work experience as we were trying to predict how someone will perform in the future based on an assessment of how they have performed in the past, preferably in similar situations.
Chris, from California writes:
Please explain the difference between discretionary spending and
non-discretionary spending. Thanks.
Discretionary spending is the money Congress has to appropriate every year, while non-discretionary spending is mandatory programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that increase automatically every year. The President has had great success slowing the rate of growth in discretionary programs last year discretionary spending growth was below inflation and we hope to do the same. To slow the growth of non-discretionary spending, the President is proposing Social Security and Medicare reforms.
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Jason, from Schmidt writes:
How long does it take to complete the whole budget? How many people are
involved in the planning and compiling of it? It seems like a rather
Jason- Producing the budget is a year-long process that involves not only the approximately 400 employees at OMB, but thousands of civil servants and political appointees throughout the Federal government. If you like public policy, management issues, and numbers, working at OMB is one of the best jobs in government.
Cliff, from Brimfield, Ohio writes:
Director Johnson: How are federal programs measured? In dollars spent vs
results? Production in dollars spent or just how does one measure the
programs in simple terms? Thank You
Thats a good question, Cliff. While some people may measure a programs success by how much it spends, the President believes we need look at a programs results. The Presidents Management Agenda is putting the emphasis on results by demanding federal programs set goals and then reach them. To learn more about the PMA, please visit www.Results.gov.
Marty, from Lansing, Michigan
The President's past history on budgets has show an unwillingness to cut
spending; especially after Congress returns it to him for signing. When
he gets this one back, will he veto it if it includes more spending than
he suggests? If not, WHY?
Marty- The Administration works very hard with Congress to meet the Presidents fiscal restraint goals, and weve had great success. For example, last year the Congress met the Presidents goal of keeping discretionary spending growth below inflation; actually reduce non-security discretionary spending from the previous years level; and slow the unsustainable growth of mandatory spending.
Sami, from Maryland writes:
Im confused. Ive been looking at the Presidents Management Agenda
scorecards, and I read the criteria. But the scorecards are too
simplistic and the criteria too general for me to be able to tell what
is going on. For example, NSF has a green in Human Capital, but a yellow
in making progress in Human Capital. At the same time, GSA has had a
yellow in Human Capital for two years, but a green in making progress in
Human Capital over the same period. Whats GSAs holdup in getting to
green? Where specifically is GSA lacking?
NSF has implemented and adopted the desired human capital practices; so they are rated green on status. Every agency has specific tasks they have agreed to do each quarter, whether they are green, yellow or red. NSF performed some of the tasks but not all; so theyre rated yellow on progress.
Kate, from Bethesda, MD
What is it like to work at the White House?
The hours are long. No two days are alike. Its an unbelievable honor.
Everyone is so committed to doing the right thing for America that its exhilarating. Sometimes you get wrapped up in your job and forget that its the White House, but then a friend or family member comes to visit and youre reminded that there is only one White House and youre working in it.
I encourage you to look at ExpectMore.gov, our attempt to be very candid and
transparent about where we are spending you money effectively and not, and in every case, what we are doing to get better. We want to be held
accountable for serving our citizens and taxpayers well.
I also encourage you to look at Results.gov, to learn more about the President's Management Agenda,
our efforts to improve the way we spend and account for the taxpayers'