Government Performance and Results Modernization Act to Become Law

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) supported and the House passed H.R. 2142, the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010, clearing the bill for the President’s signature.  The legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Schiff, will bring increased transparency and accountability to the federal government by implementing the same approach that has improved the value and efficiency of state-level programs throughout the nation.

“For Congress to make fiscally responsible budgetary decisions, we must havetransparent data about the performance and efficiency of federal agencies,” Rep. Schiff said. “As a co-sponsor of the bill, I believe it will help Congress conduct more effective oversight, make better-informed authorization and appropriation decisions, identify and eliminate duplicative programs, and enhance the performance of federal programs.” 

Specifically, The Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 will: 

§  Require that federal agencies assess performance on a quarterly basis to ensure federal taxpayer dollars are being spent in an effective manner;

§  Make these assessment reports available on a single public website so that both Congress and the American people have access to critical information on federal agencies’ strengths and weaknesses;

§  Require each agency to designate a Chief Operating Officer who will be held accountable for agency results;

§  Require the federal budget office to identify duplicative and outdated agency reporting and reduce the number of annual written reports by ten-percent; and

§  Require action if an agency’s programs have not met performance goals for a fiscal year.