In addition, agencies will assign senior officials to serve as chief operating officers and performance improvement officers. Among other responsibilities, these two positions would be responsible for finding significant cost savings by eliminating redundant programs.
“No one can afford to waste money – especially not the government and especially not now,” Rep. Henry Cuellar, who sponsored the bill, said in a press release. “It’s time that we put a new system in place to review the results of each federal program and evaluate its effectiveness. Better information yields better decisions. This legislation will help Congress invest in what works, fix what doesn’t and eliminate the wasteful overlap. Redundancy at a time when so many Americans are struggling to make ends meet isn’t just a waste of resources – it’s shameful.”
The legislation is an update of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993. Under GPRA, agencies are required to provide data on an annual basis on their projects and progression.
Last week, the bill was dealt a setback after unanimously passing in the Senate but falling short of the two-thirds needed in the House.