GPRA and its Significance to the Acquisition Workforce
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Whether you call it management by objective, balanced scorecard, or total quality management, the principles of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 GPRA, makes good business sense. However, GPRA is not just a fly by night concept, it is the law slowly taking hold and continuing to evolve. The purpose of GPRA is to ascertain whether an organization is operating efficiently and effectively. Even though the requirements of GPRA apply to federal agency heads, the Acquisition Professional Development Program APDP should embrace its intent. The purpose of this research paper is to discuss the concept of GPRA, develop and link goals and performance measures to key APDP processes and provide recommendations to ensure continuity of the program and overcome the challenges regarding GPRA requirements. Many organizations are struggling with the principles of GPRA and are wrestling with the development, collection and analysis of performance measures. The Air Force Career Management and Resources Division, SAFAQXD, is taking a step forward by expressing interest in the topic to enhance their business practices. SAFAQXD is heading in the right direction. They recognize the importance of a strategic roadmap. At the forefront of their strategic planning is top management support to exploit strategic opportunities, like the concept of GPRA to monitor the professional development of the acquisition workforce. This research paper is intended to ensure the effective management of APDP by using the principles of GPRA as a framework.
- Administration and Management