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Driving Federal Performance

“If we believe the government can make a difference in people’s lives, we have the obligation to prove that it works – by making government smarter, and leaner and more effective…”

President Barack Obama

April 13, 2011

Responding to the President's challenge to cut waste, save money, and better serve the American people, provides a window on the Obama Administration's approach to improving performance and accountability. shows progress on the Administration’s efforts to create a government that is more effective, efficient, innovative, and responsive.

The Administration is strongly committed to investing in what works and fixing or cutting what does not. This effort is ongoing, and demands vigilance and leadership. Whether driving progress on top priorities or cutting the cost of delivery, government leaders at all levels are accountable for achieving results. We invite your ideas and suggestions.

Featured Story: Saving millions for the American people

The Department of the Treasury estimates that it has saved the American people hundreds of millions of dollars by creating an Agency Priority Goal around increasing electronic transactions with the public to improve service, prevent fraud, and reduce costs. Learn more about this goal. Here is a report with more information the government’s Priority Goals.

Federal Program Inventory

Starting with the largest agencies first, the Administration is taking steps towards centralizing program information on This work will help facilitate coordination across programs as well as improve public understanding of the services delivered by the government. Click here to learn more. 

Progress on America's Goals

The Federal Government is working hard to deliver results for the American People.Here is detailed information about the Obama Administration’s performance management approach of setting clear goals, using measurement and analysis to find what works, and conducting data-driven reviews to guide decision making. Here is the latest progress update on the government’s 14 Cross-Agency Priority Goals and 103 Agency Priority Goals.

Featured Story: Transforming the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Shaun Donovan started using goals as a management tool when he was New York City’s Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development. As the current U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary, he is again seeing how valuable it is to have a limited number of high-priority goals and constantly monitor progress on them.  Click here to watch the video and learn more.

Featured Story: Saving Billions through Increased Technology Oversight

The IT Dashboard allows citizens to monitor every dollar the government spends on large technology projects. The dashboard has been used to power “TechStat” sessions where all of the stakeholders in a project meet together in the same room to diagnose problems and agree on how to fix troubled projects. As a result, we significantly accelerated delivery of critical functionality and achieved a total of $3 billion in lifecycle budget reductions.

Featured Story: Disposing of Excess Property

The government is identifying ways to reduce excess and underutilized properties. This map helps to depict excess properties identified across the country. Learn More