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Host: Mercatus Center. The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2008. Enacted in 1993, this legislation directs federal agencies to define the outcomes their agencies seek to produce, identify measures that show whether they are making progress on these outcomes, and disclose the results to Congress and the public.
Federal agencies are supposed to be accountable to elected policy makers. Elected policy makers are supposed to be accountable to citizens. The GPRA-mandated disclosure of goals and results is a crucial step towards both types of accountability.
On May 13, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University will host a special panel discussion to mark the release of our Annual Performance Report Scorecard. Each year, this study sheds light on which of the 24 largest federal agencies are supplying citizens and elected leaders with the information they need to make informed funding and policy decisions.
The Report rates and ranks the major departments and agencies based on the fullness and accuracy of their disclosure. The Scorecard also highlights best and worst practices among the agencies’ annual performance and accountability reports. Mercatus researchers evaluate the reports according to transparency, public benefits, and forward-looking leadership.

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