The President’s Management Agenda: Celebrating One Year of Progress

One year ago,  in Kansas City, MO, the Administration rolled out the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) as a long-term vision for modernizing the Federal Government. Today, the Office of Management and Budget released a new update which looks back on a year of progress toward the ultimate goal of improving mission outcomes, service to the public, and stewardship of taxpayer dollars for the American people.

The PMA advances change through three drivers — technology, data, and the workforce — and recognizes that cross-agency collaboration is essential to finding solutions to government’s toughest problems. The finance and grants communities play a key role in all of these initiatives since everything must eventually touch the financials.

Below are a few key initiatives and actions driven by our community and highlighted in the update.

  • Through the Getting Payments Right Cross Agency Priority Goal, agencies have identified recommendations to prevent monetary loss, improve payment integrity, and reduce red tape. For example, The Education Department reduced improper payments in the Direct Loan and Pell Grant Programs by $500 million.
  • Agencies are bringing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to life!
    • NASA Shared Services Centers Intelligent Automation Services Team is using RPA to automate processes like running transactions, manipulating data, and communicating with other digital systems.
    • GSA is using RPA to manage tasks like opening email, moving files, making calculations, and filling in forms. The CFO Office plans to automate tasks that consume 12,000 hours of labor each year – nearly 1,500 working days of manual effort – and shift employees to higher-value work.
  • Agencies are standardizing data used to manage grants across the Government. OMB released 426 draft data elements for public review and received 1,100+ comments, setting the stage for future grants management shared solutions that reduce administrative burden, increase transparency, and increase return on taxpayer investment.
  • The NewPay initiative will move payroll for over 2 million Federal employees to a modern, secure solution. The CFO Council has made significant contributions to the creation of these Government-wide standards.

Click here to view the new update President’s Management Agenda: Celebrating One Year of Progress.

The federal CFO community has played and will continue to play a key role in achieving a modern, more effective government.