9th Annual Performance Report Scorecard: Which Federal Agencies Best Inform the Public?

May 13, 2008

Event Speakers

Maurice P. McTigue

Vice President, Outreach

Jerry Ellig

Former Senior Research Fellow

Henry Wray

Mercatus Center Visiting Fellow, Government Accountability Project


Hon. James Cooper
U.S. House of Representatives

Hon. Maurice P. McTigue 
Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Vice President
Mercatus Center at George Mason University 

Dr. Jerry Ellig 
Senior Research Fellow
Mercatus Center at George Mason University 

Henry Wray
Visiting Fellow
Mercatus Center at George Mason University

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.