Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Review of Federal High-Priority Goals for 2011

Army Corps of Engineers
Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration and Regulatory Program: Restore 10,300 acres
No goals or baselines for ways to restore degraded habitat
Clear targeted impact on total restored acreage
Flood Risk Management: Prevent $13M more of damage, protect 295K more people
No clear goals or baselines for construction and training
Clear targeted impact on safety and property risks
Commercial Navigation
No goals or baselines for waterborne transport systems
No targeted impact on commercial navigation
Hydropower Program: Raise peak availability from 88 to 90%
No clear goals or baselines for ways to raise availability
Clear targeted availability impact

Department of Agriculture

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Strong Regional Communities: Invest in 8-10 regions
No investment targets for each community
No targeted welfare impact of investments
Clean, Abundant Water Resources: Implement HIT practices on 3M acres of forest
Clear goal and baseline
No targeted impact on water quality
Food-Secure Afghan Provinces: Secure 3 more
No goals or baselines for ways to secure Afghan provincial food
Clear targeted impact on Afghan food security
Households with Children at Low Food-Security Levels: Reduce by 100,000
No goals or baselines for ways to make families food secure
Clear targeted impact on families with low food security
Genetically Engineered Plant Biotechnology Compliance
No goals or baselines for increasing GE compliance
No targeted impact on GE compliance
Non-Tariff Trade Barriers against US Exports: $2B more in exports by opening 5 markets
No goals for trade barrier cuts in each planned negotiation
Clear targeted impact on food exports
School Food Quality
No clear goals or baselines for ways to improve food quality
No targeted improvement in food quality
Food “Desert” Elimination: Invest in 6 food deserts
Number but not level of investments specified
No targeted impact on healthy food availability
Salmonella Incidence: 50,000 fewer illnesses
No goals or baselines for FSIS regulation
Clear impact on salmonella incidence

Department of Commerce

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
2010 Census: Reach milestones for completion at 0.5% error rate
Critical goals and baselines contained in separate census milestones
Clear targeted impact in the completed census
Intellectual Property Protection: Cut pendency from 2009 levels
No goals or baselines for ways to reduce patent pendency
No targeted reduction in 2009 patent pendency
Coastal and Ocean Resource Management: Raise Fish Stock Sustainability Index 4% by requiring catch limits in all 46 Federal fishery plans
Clear goals and baselines for catch limits
Clear targeted impact on stock overfishing
Broadband Access: Implement Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
Content of Broadband Program not obvious
No targeted impact on access
Export Opportunities: Increase assisted SMEs by 40%
No goals or baselines for raising SME access to assistance
Clear targeted impact on SME exporters
Sustainable Manufacturing and Building Practices: Raise firms adopting sustainable practices by 250 and green-certified projects to 12% of construction
Clear goal for LEED certification but not for ways to increase sustainable manufacturing
Clear targeted impact on sustainable manufacturing but not building energy efficiency

Department of Defense

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Energy Efficiency: Cut building energy intensity by 18%, raise renewable energy to 10% of usage
No goals or baselines for ways to increase energy efficiency
Clear targeted impacts on energy efficiency
Security Clearance Process: Adjudicate 90% of cases in 20 days by digitizing 90% of investigations
Clear goal for electronic clearance investigations
Clear targeted impact on security clearance time
Electronic Record System: Implement VLER online system at 3 sites
Clear goal and baseline for system implementation
No targeted impact from system on health and benefits access
Hiring Process: Cut hiring time to 80 days
No goals or baselines for ways to speed hiring time
Clear targeted impact
Overseas Contingency Operations Support: Raise Contracting Officer assignment rate to 85%, cut in-theater disbursements to 2%, raise record system disbursements to 95% of contract actions
Clear goals and baselines
No targeted impact on in-theater resources spent on logistics
Audit Readiness: Review 80% of appropriations received, 14% of budget resources, 9% of treasury funds, and 20% of mission-critical assets
Clear goals and baselines
No targeted impact on defense readiness
Acquisition Process Reform: Cut major weapons program time to 72 months with no rise in cost overruns through a 1% rise in competitive awards, 10,025 more acquisitions staff, and increases in level II and III personnel
Clear goals and baselines for ways to cut acquisition time
Clear targeted impact on acquisition program cycle times
Security Cooperation Workforce: Raise staff trained in security cooperation to 95% of incumbents in positions requiring it
Clear goal and baseline
No targeted impact on level of cooperation

Department of Education

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Evidence-Based Policy: Evaluate 2/3 more discretionary, all high-priority, and all new programs
Clear goals and baselines
No targeted performance impact of increased evaluation
Schools Reform: Identify 500 model turnaround schools
Clear goal and baseline for identifying model reforms
No targeted impact of models on reform in other schools
World-Class Teaching: Hire 200,000 more teachers for hard-to-staff subjects and schools by ensuring all states implement teacher evaluation systems
Clear goal and baseline to increase teacher evaluation
Clear targeted impact of teacher effectiveness evaluation on hard-to-staff hiring
Data-Driven Decisions: Implement longitudinal student achievement and teacher data systems in all states
Clear goal and baseline
No targeted impact on teaching effectiveness from new systems
College- and Career-Ready Standards: International college- and career-ready benchmarks adopted in all states
Clear goal and baselines for standards adoption
No student readiness target from standards adoption
Student Aid Simplification: All institutions and servicers ready to support Federal Direct Student Loans
Clear goal and baseline
No targeted impact on student loan access of simplified system

Department of Energy

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Cost-Effective Energy Retrofits: 1M retrofits
Clear goal and baseline
No targeted impact of retrofits on energy consumption
Legacy Waste Footprint: Reduce footprint by 40%
No goals or baselines for ways to reduce nuclear waste footprint
Clear targeted impact
Renewable Energy Generation: Double it
No goals or baselines for ways to double renewable energy
Clear targeted impact
Advanced Battery Manufacturing: Support 500,000 plug-in hybrids by 2015
No goals or baselines for ways to advance battery manufacturing
Clear targeted impact
Nuclear Loans: Guarantee 2 nuclear facility loans to add 3,800 MW of low-carbon capacity
Clear goal and baseline for underwriting new nuclear loans
Clear targeted impact on low-carbon power
Nuclear Material Security: Dispose of 3,297 kg of nuclear material and secure total of 218 buildings
Clear goal and baseline for material protection and control
Targeted impact in relation to full scope of nuclear security problem not clear
Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Maintenance: Implement Nuclear Posture Review
Goals and baselines specified elsewhere
Targeted impact clarified in Nuclear Posture Review

Department of Health and Human Services

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Early Care and Education for Low-Income Children: Increase Head Start by 61,000 and CCDF enrollees by 120,000
Clear goal and baseline
No Head Start or CCDF enrolment impact estimates
Early Care and Education Quality: Strengthen quality through improved standards
No clear goals for ways to improve quality
No targeted quality improvement
Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance: Increase CHIP enrollment by 9% and Medicaid by 11%
Clear goal and baseline
No targeted health impact from increased health insurance
Food Safety: Cut salmonella by 10%
No goals or baselines for ways to reduce salmonella incidence
Clear impact target
Tobacco Policy: Raise portion of smoke-free CPPW-funded communities to 75%
No clear goal or baseline for ways to get CPPW-funded communities to pass smoke-free policies
Clear targeted impact on CPPW-funded smoke-free communities
National Health Service Field Strength: Increase NHS Corps to 10,500 providers
Clear goal and baseline
No primary health care access improvement estimates
Emergency Preparedness: Increase to 70% of state health agencies those ready to convene decision-ready staff in 60 minutes
No goals or baselines for ways to cut agency response times
Clear targeted impact
Health Information Technology: Establish nationwide network of Regional Extension Centers, register 100,000 providers to receive services from them, and achieve 40% adoption rate among registered providers
Clear goals and baselines for propagating health information services
No estimate of total need for or value of health information services
Genome Sequencing Cost Reduction: Cut human sequencing cost to $25,000
No goals for ways to cut sequencing costs
Clear impact

Department of Homeland Security

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Aviation Security: Improve it with security officers and technology
No clear goals or baselines for ways to improve air security
No targeted improvement in level of aviation security
Surface Transportation: Make it safer through risk assessments and mitigation with skilled response teams
No clear goals or baselines for ways to improve surface security
No targeted improvement in level of transportation security
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative: Secure it with travel documents and integrated vehicle and passenger data
No clear goals or baselines for ways to cut border crossings
No targeted reduction in unauthorized land crossings
Detention and Removal: Improve its efficiency
No clear goals or baselines for ways to streamline removal
No targeted improvement in security from detaining illegals
USCIS Business Transformation: Improve services delivery
No clear goals or baselines for ways to improve service
No targeted improvement in service levels
Disaster Preparedness and Responsiveness: Strengthen it by improving FEMA operations
No clear goals or baselines for ways to improve readiness
No targeted improvement in disaster preparedness
Information Sharing
No clear goals or baselines for what information to share
No targeted improvement in security from sharing info
Acquisition Capability: Instill acquisitions expertise in major program and oversight staff
Vague goal for up-skilling to improve acquisition
No targeted improvement in security from better acquisition

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Foreclosure Prevention: Assist 3.1M homeowners through 3 specified programs and raise the workout ratio for them to 75% while keeping their re-default rate below 20%
Clear goal for programs to assist homeowners but not for ways to raise workout rate
Clear targeted impact on assisted homeowners and workout rate
Rental Assistance: Serve 207K more families than in 2009
No clear goals or baselines for increasing rental assistance
Clear target for increased rental assistance
Veterans’ Homelessness:  Assist 13,250 homeless vets each year to reduce total to 59K
No clear goals or baselines for increasing veteran interventions
Clear target for reducing veteran homelessness
Energy and Green Retrofits: Retrofit 159K housing units
Clear goal and baseline for retrofits to save energy
No targeted improvement in energy efficiency

Department of Justice

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
National Security: Increase top-priority counter-terrorism investigations by 5%
Clear goal and baseline
No targeted interdiction increase from top-priority investigations
White Collar Crime: Increase fraud and corruption cases by 5% with 90% favorable resolutions
No clear goal or baseline for ways to increase favorably resolved prosecutions
Clear targeted impact on favorably resolved prosecutions
Violent Crime: Increase agents and prosecutors by 3% to cut incidence in high-crime areas
Clear goal and baseline for a means of cutting violent crime
Unambitious but clear targeted cut in violent-crime incidence
Immigration: Increase judges by 19% so that 85% of cases completed in 60 days
Clear goal and baseline for a way to resolve immigration cases faster
Clear targeted impact on immigration case resolution time
Public Safety: Support 8,900 more officers to promote fact-based community policing
Clear goal and baseline for promoting community policing
No targeted increase in public safety from community policing
Civil Rights: Increase criminal caseload by 18%, non-criminal caseload by 28%, and mediations by 10%, with 80% favorably resolved
No goals for ways to increase civil rights caseloads
Clear targeted impacts

Department of Labor

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Return-to-Work Program: Cut lost day rates by 1% and illness rates by 4% through an unspecified return-to-work program
Unclear criteria for a return-to-work program
Clear targeted impacts
Worker Protection: Effectiveness measures under development
Goal and baseline needed for wage and hour enforcement efforts
Targeted improvement in worker protection needed
International Labor: Improve rights in 8 developing trading partners
No clear goals or baselines for ways to improve rights
No targeted level of labor standards in partner countries
Safety and Health: Reduce OSHA fatalities by 2% and mining fatalities by 5%
No clear goals or baselines for ways to improve safety
Clear targeted impacts
Worker Job Training: Train 10% more people through selected programs and 120,000 for green jobs
Clear goals and baselines for training
No clear targeted impact of training on skills attainment

Department of State and USAID

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Afghanistan and Pakistan: Implement Stabilization Strategy
Clear goal and baseline
Clear impact
Iraq: Stabilize country
No clear goals or baselines for ways to increase Iraqi stability
No targeted increase in level of Iraqi stability and self-reliance
Global Health: Reduce infant and maternal mortality, avert unintended pregnancies, prevent HIV infections, and eliminate certain tropical diseases in assisted countries
No clear goals or baselines on ways to cut mortality and illness
No targets for improved health in assisted countries
Climate Change: Set up 12 work programs to complete 20 Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS)
No goals or baselines for what makes an LEDS adequate
No targeted emissions reduction for each LEDS
Food Security: 5 countries to launch plans to halve hunger by 2015
No goals or baselines for adequacy of a food security plan
Clear poverty and hunger reduction plan targets
Democracy and Human Rights: Support activists in 14 authoritarian countries and train 120K officials in emerging democracies
No clear goals and baselines for ways to provide support/training
No governance improvement targets from support/training
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Improve controls
No clear goal or baseline for ways to improve controls
No targeted improvement levels in nuclear controls
Civilian Capacity Building: Manage better
No clear management goals or baselines for building capacity
No clear capacity targets

Department of the Interior

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Renewable Energy: Approve 9K MW of renewable capacity on Interior lands
Clear goals and baselines for new capacity approval
No clear targeted impact on new capacity only Interior could facilitate
Water Conservation: Free up 350K acre-feet of water through Title XVI and SMART grants
No clear goals or baselines for level of water recycling and reuse grants
Clear targeted impact on water availability
Safe Indian Communities: Cut violent crime on targeted reservations by 5% through community policing and interagency partnerships
No clear goals or baselines for policing and deployment
Clear targeted impact on crime
Climate Change: Implement adaptation plans for vulnerable resources affecting 50% of country
No clear goals or baselines for adaptation response actions
No targeted impact on climate from response actions
Youth Stewardship: Increase Department conservation youth employment by 50%
Clear goal for youth in conservation mission
No targeted economic or welfare impact

Department of the Treasury

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Financial System Reform: Reform regulations, complete interventions, support mortgage availability, and fix housing finance
No clear goals or baselines for financial and housing reforms
No targeted impact of reforms on financial stability or housing availability
Tax Compliance: Cut tax gap through better enforcement
No clear goals or baselines for ways to improve tax compliance
No targeted impact on tax compliance
Paperless Transactions: Increase e-payments by 33% and reach 74.7% e-file rate for taxes
No goals or baselines for ways to increase paperless transactions
Clear impact

Department of Transportation

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Transportation Safety: Cut fatalities to 1.1 per M through driver, road, and technology initiatives
No clear goals or baselines for driver and road initiatives
Clear targeted impact of driver and road initiatives
Runway Risks: Cut runway incursions by 5%
Clear goal and baseline for runway incursions
No targeted impact of runway incursions on accident incidence
Rail Safety: Raise state compliance levels and conduct 3 safety workshops
Vague goal for training and no goal or baseline for compliance
No targeted impact on rail safety from compliance and training
High-Speed Rail: Obligate 100% of available funds to grantees
Clear goal and baseline for grants
No targeted impact on high-speed rail capability from grants

Department of Veterans Affairs

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Veteran Homelessness: Cut homeless veteran population to 59K
No goals or baselines for how to cut veteran homelessness
Clear impact
GI Benefits System Automation: Cut benefits claim completion time to 18 days through new system
Clear goal and implied baseline for new benefits system
Clear targeted impact of new system on claims completion
Paperless Disability Processing: Implement paperless processing to eliminate claims backlog and make all decisions within 125 days
Clear goal and implied baseline for paperless processing system
Clear targeted impact of new system on claims processing
Virtual Lifetime Electronic Records: Pilot VLER in 3 locations and prototype in 2012
Clear goal and implied baseline
No targeted impact of virtual lifetime records on healthcare results and costs
Mental Health Care: Evaluate 96% of patients within 15 days of 1st encounter and regularly screen 97% of eligible patients for PTSD, 97% for alcohol abuse, and 96% for depression
Clear goals and baselines for ways to improve mental health results through screening
Unspecified targeted impact of screening on mental health results
Veterans Relationship Management Program: Enhance access to benefits by improving call centers, websites, data, and identity verification
Clear goals and baselines for improving access to services
No targeted impact on measures of service levels

Environmental Protection Agency

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting: Publicize 100% of emissions data on industrial facilities
Clear disclosure goal
No targeted impact of disclosure on emissions
Truck Emissions: Start implementing unspecified regulations
No clear goal or baseline for truck emissions
No estimate of impact on air quality of lower truck emissions
Chesapeake Bay: Watershed states to submit plans to meet daily load (TMDL) goal
No goals or baselines for ways to extract plans from states
Clear targeted impact on TMDL
Clean Water: Increase enforcement actions
No goal or baseline for better enforcement
No estimate of impact of enforcement on water quality
Drinking Water: Review 4 drinking water standards
Clear goal and implied baseline
No estimate of impact on water quality of revising four standards
Brownfield Planning Pilot: Initiate 20 under-served community projects on brownfield reclamation
Clear goal and baseline
No target for economic or welfare impact of typical brownfield plan

General Services Administration

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Efficient Federal Resource Use: Cut resource consumption
No goals or baselines for ways to husband resources
No savings estimate
Open Government: Increase government transparency through agile technologies and collaborative innovation
No goals or baselines for ways to improve transparency
No estimate of need for or value of greater transparency
Real Estate Solutions Delivery: Optimize real estate portfolio of 3 major agency customers
Clear if unambitious goal for real estate portfolio optimization engagements
No estimate of cost savings from better real estate management

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Air Traffic Technology: Plan field tests of a NASA technology to optimize aircraft arrivals
Clear goal and implied baseline for technology plan
No targeted impact on air traffic efficiency from technology plan
Space-Based Climate Study: Finish transition reviews for 2 orbital projects to study climate
Clear goal and implied baseline for space-based climate study
No targeted climate impact from space-based climate study
Energy and Water Conservation: Cut agency facility and fleet vehicle energy use by 30% and water use by 26%
No goals or baselines for ways to cut agency energy and water use
Clear targeted impact on usage
Space Shuttle: Fly out Shuttle missions and retire fleet
Reference to goals given in shuttle manifest
No targeted public benefits from remaining flights on manifest
International Space Station: Enhance ISS utilization by re-designating it as a national lab
Clear goal and implied baseline
No targeted impact on ISS utilization from re-designation

National Science Foundation

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Workforce Development: Evaluate 6 NSF science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce programs to enhance impact
Clear STEM evaluation goal
No targeted workforce impact of STEM evaluation

Office of Personnel Management

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Hiring Reform: Cut hiring time by 10%, improve manager satisfaction by 8%, and improve applicant satisfaction by 4%
No goals or baselines for ways to speed and improve hiring
Clear time and satisfaction impacts
Telework: Increase it
No goals or baselines for increased telecommuting
No targeted economic impact from greater telecommuting
Security Clearances: Comply with security clearance goals of IRTP Act of 2004
Goals and  baselines for clearance reforms adopted from legislation
No targeted impact of reforms on secure government hiring
Retirement Claims Processing: Increase valid retirement records to 72% of claims
No clear goals or baselines for ways to improve record accuracy
Clear targeted impact on retirement record accuracy
Wellness: Agency wellness programs to achieve 75% 5-year cumulative participation rate
Clear wellness program attendance goal
No targeted impact on wellness from a well-attended program

Small Business Administration

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Active Lending: Increase small business 7(a) lending partners by 15%
Clear goal and baseline
No targeted economic impact of additional lending partners
Small Business Contracting: Help agencies hit 23% statutory small business contracting goal
No clear goals or baselines for ways to increase SME contracts
Clear statutory targeted impact
Disaster Assistance: Process 85% of disaster loan applications in 14 days for private homes and in 18 days for businesses
No goals or baselines for ways to speed assistance applications
Clear targeted impact
Small Business Innovation Research Metrics: Deploy performance metrics, monitor for waste, and improve commercialization
Clear performance measurement and monitoring goal to enhance small business innovation
No targeted impact on commercialization or innovation quality

Social Security Administration

Priority
Goal and baseline
Impact on mission
Online Applications: 50% of retirement applications, 44% of retirement claims, and 27% of disability claims to be filed online
No clear goals or baselines on ways to increase online filing
Clear targeted impact
Disability Decisions: Ensure severely disabled applicants receive initial decisions in 20 days and cut average final decision time to 270 days by completing 3.3M of 4.3M disability claims, handling 5% of cases as quick or compassionate determinations, and completing 800K of 1.45M hearing requests in 2011
Clear goals and baselines for ways to cut decision time
Clear targeted impact on decision time
Service Quality: Answer 800 calls in 264 seconds and lower busy rate to 7% to raise calls rated at least good to 83.5%
Clear goals and some baselines for ways to improve service
Clear targeted impact of service goals on satisfaction rate
Program Integrity: Increase continuing disability reviews by 9.4% and complete 2.4M SSI non-disability redeterminations
Goals and some baselines for reviews and redeterminations
No targeted impact on fraud reduction from reviews and redeterminations


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