Peters & Braun Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Bolster Transparency and Accountability for Federal Agency Performance Goals

Legislation Will Improve Government Efficiency and Ensure Effective Use of Taxpayer Dollars

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Mike Braun (R-IN) introduced bipartisan legislation to bolster the performance of federal agencies and ensure they are effectively carrying out their mission for the American people. The Federal Agency Performance Act updates existing performance management laws by requiring regular strategic reviews of federal agencies’ performance goals and improving the data that is publicly available regarding how agencies are achieving those goals. This will improve transparency and accountability on how federal agencies are working to save taxpayer dollars and improve delivery of essential services across the nation. Peters and Braun authored similar legislation that advanced in the Senate last Congress. 

“Every American deserves to have an effective government,” said Senator Peters. “This commonsense, bipartisan legislation will ensure federal agencies are being transparent about how they are working to meet long-term performance goals so they can efficiently serve taxpayers for years to come.”

 “Increased transparency and accountability are key when it comes to improving the performance of federal agencies for taxpayers. I urge my colleagues to quickly pass this commonsense, bipartisan bill out of the Senate,” said Senator Braun. 

“Federal agencies must have transparent goals and effective strategies for measuring performance to meet the needs of the American public,” said James-Christian Blockwood, Executive Vice President for the Partnership for Public Service. “The Federal Performance Accountability Act will help modernize agencies’ strategic planning processes, reporting frameworks and performance accountability. The Partnership for Public Service commends this bipartisan action to create an integrated, whole of government approach to improving federal performance and reporting.”

The Federal Agency Performance Act would update the Government Performance and Results Act for the first time since 2010 to require the White House Office of Management and Budget to regularly conduct strategic reviews of agencies’ performance goals and ensure they are following through with strategic plans. The bill would also improve the quality and amount of data on – the federal government’s central website to track agency-specific and government-wide performance.