Giving itself a pat on the back, an Obama administration report says federal agencies have made progress in meeting goals to improve the performance of government.
A summary of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) report, scheduled for release Thursday, says agencies have made “significant progress across the government in delivering positive impact for the American people.”
The summary does not cover goals not met and OMB did not provide that information in reply to a request.
Among the success stories cited in the summary:
— American exports reached a record level in 2013, $2.3 trillion, supporting an additional 1.3 million U.S. jobs. “The Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) met its goal of increasing the annual number of new markets that current U.S. exporters enter with ITA assistance to 6,100, a 7 percent increase,” according to OMB.
— “Treasury estimates that it has saved the American people hundreds of millions of dollars by … increasing electronic transactions with the public to improve service, prevent fraud, and reduce costs.” Paper benefit payments dropped to 39 million in 2013 from 131 million in 2010 and electronic collections increased from 85 percent to 97 percent of total collections during that period.
–A Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) goal focused on reducing home disclosures by helping borrowers in the early stages of mortgage delinquency. HUD increased the number of households assisted with early intervention programs by 31 percent between 2010 and 2013, according to the summary. The department’s mitigation programs cut six-month re-default rates from 17 percent in 2011 to 8 percent in 2013.
The administration tracks its attempts to develop a more effective government at performance.gov.