The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010
The GPRA Modernization Act modernizes the Federal Government’s performance management framework, retaining and amplifying some aspects of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA 1993) while also addressing some of its weaknesses. GPRA 1993 established strategic planning, performance planning and performance reporting as a framework for agencies to communicate progress in achieving their missions. The GPRA Modernization Act establishes some important changes to existing requirements.
The purposes of the GPRA Modernization Act are to:
- Improve the confidence of the American people in the capability of the Federal Government, by systematically holding Federal agencies accountable for achieving program results;
- Improve program performance by requiring agencies to set goals, measure performance against those goals and report publicly on progress;
- Improve Federal program effectiveness and public accountability by promoting a focus on results, service quality and customer satisfaction;
- Help Federal managers improve service delivery, by requiring that they plan for meeting program goals and by providing them with information about program results and service quality;
- Improve congressional decision-making by providing more information on achieving statutory objectives and on the relative effectiveness and efficiency of Federal programs and spending;
- Improve internal management of the Federal Government; and
- Improve usefulness of performance and program information by modernizing public reporting
Commissioner Estevan López puts Reclamation's priorities in the following five categories:
- Infrastructure. The Department values the water, energy, and recreational services Reclamation provides at about $19.6 billion each year. We also provide about at $55 billion in economic activity and 416,000 jobs each year.
- WaterSMART. The S.M.A.R.T. in WaterSMART stands for Sustain and Manage America's Resources tomorrow. WaterSMART allows all bureaus of the Department to work with States, Tribes, local governments, and non-governmental organizations to pursue a sustainable water supply for the Nation by establishing a framework to provide federal leadership and assistance on the efficient use of water, integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of the various Interior offices. See #5 , Renewable Energy. Example: Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative.
- Ecosystem Restoration. To meet mission goals, a part of the programs must focus on the protection and restoration of aquatic and riparian environments influenced by its operations. It is critical that Reclamation continue to invest in eco-system restoration if we are going to continue to supply water and power reliably as we have historically. Example: Klamath River.
- Strengthening Tribal Nations. We will implement Indian water rights settlements over the next 20 years. We anticipate that Reclamation will invest between $150 to $200 million per year to fulfill this responsibility. These activities include projects and actions to implement Indian water rights settlements, technical assistance to tribes, and ecosystem restoration. Example: Navajo Gallup.
- Renewable Energy. Hydropower is a renewable and reliable resource providing clean energy to the western United States. It is the nation's largest renewable energy resource and the Bureau of Reclamation is the second largest producer in the United States. Example: Bureau of Reclamation Renewable Energy Updates.