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The President's Management Agenda

Bureau of Resource Management
January 15, 2009


The President’s Management Agenda (PMA) is the President’s program for improving the management and performance of the federal government, with a focus on results. The PMA contains five government-wide and nine agency-specific initiatives that hold federal agencies to a standard of excellence for achieving results that matter to the American people. On an annual basis, the Department works with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to set a vision for where the agency would be “Proud To Be” the following year on PMA goals. The Department and OMB then strategize on how best to accomplish “Proud To Be” goals through incremental progress on each initiative. OMB tracks agency activities and issues a PMA executive scorecard on a quarterly basis, which rates the Department’s progress and overall status for each of the PMA initiatives using a color-coded grading scale of red, yellow, and green. Please note that on December 12, 2008 the Department received an unqualified (“clean”) opinion on the financial statements, as of and for the year ended September 30, 2008. As of the most recent PMA quarterly scorecard, the Department received green status ratings for all initiatives, one of only a few agencies to do so.

Department of State Status and Progress on PMA Initiatives for FY 2008
PMA InitiativeStatusProgress
Strategic Management of Human CapitalGreen: success.Green: success.
Improved Financial PerformanceGreen: success.Yellow: mixed results.
Commercial Services ManagementGreen: success.Green: success.
Performance ImprovementGreen: success.Green: success.
Expanded Electronic GovernmentGreen: success.Green: success.
Federal Real Property Asset ManagementGreen: success.Green: success.
Right-Sized Overseas Presence (OMB Lead)Green: success.Green: success.
Green. Green for success, Yellow. Yellow for mixed results, and Red. Red for unsatisfactory.


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