The President's Management Council
Clay Johnson - October 2004
Federal departments and agencies are working better now than they were three to five years ago. With the help of the President’s Management Agenda, there are habits and disciplines in place now that make it possible for agencies to more assuredly produce desired outcomes at acceptable costs.
The President’s Management Council, the chief operating officers of the departments, met with President Bush in early August to summarize the significant management improvements they have made in their agencies over the past three years. The President congratulated us for:
We are forever changing the way the Federal government works. We look forward to the day a year or two or three away when we can point to such milestones as:
- Holding ourselves and our people accountable for doing what we say we’re going to do, with the help of the PMA scorecard;
- Focusing on results instead of process; and
- Making sure the projected benefits of our efforts become real and tangible.
The key to all this success and improvement is our clearly defining what we want to accomplish, the definition of success, and then holding people accountable for developing and implementing aggressive, detailed action plans to get there. We’re newly applying this disciplined approach to the management of real property and to the elimination of all improper payments, where tens of billions of dollars can be made available for more productive purposes.
- The first $5 billion per year in real savings derived from the effort to eliminate improper payments.
- The specific, verifiable performance and/or efficiency improvements that have resulted from agency efforts to improve program results relative to desired outcomes and costs.
- The first $1 billion per year in real savings and taxpayer benefit derived from competitive sourcing; and the second and third billion dollars.
I encourage you to read about what specific agencies and the Federal government as a whole have accomplished the past several years, at http://www.results.gov/agenda/index.html. I also congratulate the Departments of Energy and Labor, who have achieved “green status,” along with the Department of Transportation, on four of the five PMA initiatives.
Deputy Director for Management