CHAPTER 1Overview

The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA)

In recognition of the growing concern regarding the performance of the federal government, in 1993 Congress enacted the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).1 This legislation changed the way that the federal government managed its performance by requiring federal agencies to become results-oriented. “The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has described GPRA as being ‘the centerpiece of a statutory framework Congress put in place during the 1990s to address long-standing weaknesses in federal operations, improve federal management practices, and provide greater accountability for achieving results.’”2

Its goals were to:

“(1) improve the confidence of the American ...

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