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Government and Education
The complexity of governments today makes the accountability desired by
citizens difcult to achieve. Written to address performance policies within
state and national governments,
Government Performance and Results: An
Evaluation of GPRAs First Decade
summarizes lessons learned from a 10-
year research project that evaluated performance reports produced by federal
agencies under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). The
results of this project can help answer a wide variety of questions in political
economy and public administration, such as:
• What factors make performance reports relevant and informative?
• Has the quality of information disclosed to the public improved?
• Why do some agencies produce better reports than others?
• Has GPRA led to greater availability and use of performance
information by federal managers?
• Has GPRA led to greater use of performance information in
budget decisions?
• What steps would make federal management and budget decisions
more performance oriented?
The book documents the current state of the art in federal performance reporting,
measures the extent of improvement, compares federal performance reports
with those produced by state governments and other nations, and suggests how
GPRA has affected management of federal agencies and resource allocation
by policymakers. It also identies obstacles that must be overcome if GPRA
is to deliver on the promise of performance budgeting. The authors chronicle
the improvements observed in federal performance reporting through the lens
of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University’s annual Performance
Report Scorecard.
As budget shortfalls and new debt burdens increase interest in public management
and budgeting techniques that allow governments to “do more with less,this
is an appropriate time to take stock of what GPRA has accomplished and what
remains to be done. By comparing best performance reporting practices in
the US federal government with those in states and other countries, this book
speeds the diffusion of useful knowledge at a critical time.
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
EVAN M. BERMAN
Distinguished University Professor
J. William Fulbright Distinguished Scholar
National Chengchi University
Taipei, Taiwan
Founding Editor
JACK RABIN
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