Observations on the Fiscal Year 1999 Annual Program Performance Report and Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001 Annual Performance Plans for Selected Science Agencies Within the Department of Commerce
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC GENERAL GOVERNMENT DIV
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This letter provides our analysis of the Department of Commerces Fiscal Year 1999 Annual Program Performance Report report and the fiscal year 2000 and fiscal year 2001 plans plan for selected science-related agencies. These documents were required by the Government Performance and Results Act GPRA. The performance plans are required to identify annual goals and measurable target levels for performance. The performance report is required to show how actual performance in a particular fiscal year compared with performance as described in that years performance plan. Together with the GPRA-required strategic plan, these documents provide the framework for agencies to manage for results. Commerce is currently revising its strategic plan, which is to cover fiscal years 2000 to 2005. According to Commerce, the upcoming fiscal year 2002 annual performance plan is expected to fully reflect the revised strategic goals and measures.
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