A new pilot program to match export, trade and competitiveness programs across 11 agencies is the first step toward reducing duplication governmentwide.
The Office of Management and Budget will use the test program to develop an inventory of programs and map them to established programmatic and organizational structures, as well as the agencies’ strategic planning and performance goals, according to a memo sent to agency secretaries Friday.
These initial agencies must provide a basic set of descriptive information, including the program purpose and funding, for each initiative.
“In the coming year, OMB will work with agencies to develop a comprehensive list of government programs as required by the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010, and based on lessons learned from previous efforts,” wrote Jeff Zients, OMB’s deputy director for management and chief performance officer. “Based on the pilot, guidance will be issued to all federal agencies detailing the approach to be taken to develop a governmentwide inventory.”
Zients’ memo follows a report by the Government Accountability Office in March detailing scores of duplicative programs across agencies. The GAO report, requested by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), also helped solidify the White House’s decision to request approval Friday from Capitol Hill to merge and reorganize several overlapping agencies, including Commerce, the SBA and U.S. Trade Representative.