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President’s Management Agenda (PMA)

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The President has a vision for government reform that is guided by his desire to have an effective Federal government that is citizen-centered and results-oriented. The President’s Management Agenda (PMA) serves to concentrate our efforts on key initiatives designed to improve the management and the performance of the Federal government.

What matters in the end is completion. Performance. Results. Not just making promises, but making good on promises.

President George W. Bush

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What is the President's Management Agenda (PMA)?

In 2001, President Bush created the President’s Management Agenda, a bold plan to improve the management and performance of the federal government. In the PMA, the President focuses on initiatives where reform is most needed, where there is the greatest opportunity for improvement, and where practical solutions can be readily implemented. Since the PMA was rolled out, the federal government has concentrated on becoming more results-oriented, more efficient and more effective, and it will continue these efforts to ensure that the American people receive the premiere programs and services they deserve.

In order to guarantee success of the PMA initiatives throughout the federal government, President Bush has developed the President’s Management Council. The council consists of executives from various federal agencies who convene monthly to discuss new issues, opportunities and best practices regarding the PMA. Read more...

A picture of HHS Secretary LeavittWhen President Bush asked me to become Secretary of Health and Human Services, he charged me with helping Americans live longer, healthier lives and do so in a way that will maintain our economic health as a nation.

When we work together we can accomplish so much more than when we work alone. It is time to work together. The health of the world’s people depends on it.

- Secretary Leavitt

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What is HHS doing to carry out the PMA?

The Department of Health and Human Services is fully committed to the President’s Management Agenda. Secretary Leavitt has communicated his support for the PMA and has taken steps to make PMA initiatives a priority throughout the organization. PMA initiatives are prominent in the annual Department-Wide Objectives [PDF - 39KB], which are cascaded down throughout the entire Department. Thus, every member of HHS is doing work either directly for or in support of the President’s Management Agenda. Additionally, the Deputy Secretary has been designated as the PMA lead within HHS and holds a seat on the President’s Management Council. HHS will continue to aggressively pursue increased effectiveness and efficiency while dedicating itself to serving the American people.

HHS Deputy Secretary – Tevi Troy

A picture of HHS Deputy Secretary – Tevi TroyEvery day, every American is affected in some way by our work here at HHS. Accompanying that tremendous influence is a great obligation to ensure that taxpayer funds are always spent in the most effective, accountable, and transparent manner. The President’s Management Agenda tasks us with finding ways to improve our management, eliminate waste and unneeded expenses, and streamline our workforce. I’m looking forward to working with you to achieve these goals.

- Deputy Secretary Troy

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HHS PMA Initiatives

HHS is continuously engaged in the following government-wide initiatives:

  • Strategic Management of Human Capital is an initiative to improve the effectiveness of the workforce by reducing the number of organizational layers between American citizens and decision makers. It includes strategies that will attract and retain talented employees. Read more...

  • Competitive Sourcing is a procedure to promote competition between the federal government and the private sector for government functions that are also found in the commercial marketplace. Greater competition will generate savings and improve performance. You may review the HHS Competitive Sourcing website for HHS specific information on this initiative including Congressional Reports, or Read more...

  • Improved Financial Performance will improve financial transparency and accountability within the federal government and give Federal managers the information needed to appropriately manage costs. Read more...

  • Expanded Electronic Government will utilize technology to streamline government services for all Americans. Cost savings will be realized as operating costs are reduced and communications between the government and public are more timely. In addition, citizens will enjoy an easy and simple process when accessing government services. You may review a description of each of the PMA E-gov and Lines of Business Initiatives that includes both OMB Web site links and Initiative Web site links in the "Summaries-PMA eGov and LoB Initiatives" [DOC - 68KB] document or Read more...

  • Budget and Performance Integration will align performance reviews and budget allocations. This will guide the federal government to become more results-oriented and will allow for transparency so the American people can see how programs are performing, and compare performances and costs across programs. Read more...

The PMA also includes program initiatives, five of which apply to HHS:

  • Real Property Asset Management will improve the management of and accountability for government real property, as the government owns or manages 1 in every 4 acres of land in the US. Read more...

  • Eliminating Improper Payments will reduce erroneous payments and identify more resources that can be used on services for the American people. Read more...

  • Faith Based and Community Initiative strives to improve relationships between religious and grassroots organizations and the federal government in order to better address many of the social problems in the U.S. Read more...

  • Broadening Health Insurance Coverage Through State Initiatives gives greater flexibility to states in order to increase the number of low-income recipients eligible for health insurance and expand health insurance options for these citizens, while maintaining the integrity of Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP) funding. Read more...

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Departmental Objectives

Below please find the FY 2007 Departmental Objectives. These Objectives include the Priorities for America's Health Care and the President's Management Agenda initiatives. The Departmental Objectives are used, in conjunction with the Secretary's 500-Day Plan and the HHS Strategic Plan, as tools to guide the Department's energies in fulfilling the President's vision of a healthier and more hopeful America.

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PMA Scorecard

Each quarter, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) releases a scorecard, which tracks how well federal agencies are achieving the PMA initiatives. A simple color schema is utilized to assign scores:

  • Red = unsuccessful
  • Yellow = mixed results
  • Green = success

Each agency receives two scores for each initiative:

How are we doing?
HHS PMA Scorecard Results

For Q3 of FY2008, HHS achieved the following status and progress scores:

PMA Initiative

Status

Progress

Human Capital

yellow status

green status

Competitive Sourcing

green status

green status

Financial Performance

red status

green status

E-Government

yellow status

green status

Performance Improvement Initiative

yellow status

green status

Broadening Health Insurance Coverage through State Initiatives

blank status

blank status

Eliminating Improper Payments

yellow status

green status

Real Property

yellow status

green status

Faith-Based and Community Initiative

green status

green status

Health Information

yellow status

green status

Previous HHS Status and Progress scores:

  • FY2008 Q2 [PDF - 20KB]
  • FY2008 Q1 [PDF - 20KB]
  • FY2007 Q4 [PDF - 21KB]
  • FY2007 Q3 [PDF - 23KB]
  • FY2007 Q2 [PDF - 13KB]
  • FY2007 Q1 [PDF - 22KB]
  • FY2006 Q4 [PDF - 24KB]
  • FY2006 Q3 [PDF - 24KB]
  • FY2006 Q2 [PDF - 30KB]
  • FY2006 Q1 [PDF - 24KB]
  • FY2005 Q4 [PDF - 14KB]
  • FY2005 Q3 [PDF - 14KB]
  • FY2005 Q2 [PDF - 14KB]
  • FY2005 Q1 [PDF - 14KB]

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Highlights

“An entrepreneur I admire said, ‘There are three ways to handle change. You can fight it and die; accept it and survive; or, lead it and prosper.’ This is the United States of America. I say, let's lead and prosper.”

- Secretary Leavitt

The Department of Health and Human Services has been continuously engaged with the PMA since 2001 and is proud of the following accomplishments:

The PMA has helped to improve every facet of HHS. HHS has made, and will continue to make improvements in its performance, management and service offerings to benefit the American people.

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HHS PMA Contact List


PMA Initiative

Agency Lead

Contact for Public Inquiries

Strategic Management of Human Capital

Joe W. Ellis, Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management

Antonia Harris, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources
(202) 690-6191
antonia.harris@hhs.gov

Competitive Sourcing

Joe W. Ellis

Michael Tulenko, Director, Office of Competitive Sourcing
(202) 690-5803
Michael.Tulenko@hhs.gov

Improved Financial Performance

Charles E. Johnson, Assistant Secretary for Budget, Technology and Finance

Sheila Conley, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance
(202) 690-7084
Sheila.Conley@hhs.gov

Expanded Electronic Government

Charles E. Johnson

Michael Carleton, Acting Chief Information Officer
(202) 690-6162
Michael.Carleton@hhs.gov

Performance Improvement Initiative

Charles E. Johnson

Richard Turman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget
(202) 690-7393
Richard.Turman@hhs.gov

Real Property

Joe W. Ellis

Howard Kelsey, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Facilities Management and Policy
(202) 401-1437
Howard.Kelsey@hhs.gov

Eliminating Improper Payments

Charles E. Johnson

Sheila Conley, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance
(202) 690-7084
Sheila.Conley@hhs.gov

Faith-Based and Community Initiative

Anna Pilato, Director, Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

Anna Pilato
(202) 358-3595
anna.pilato@hhs.gov

Health Information

Robert Kolodner, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Robert Kolodner
202-690-7151
Robert.Kolodner@hhs.gov

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