May, 2009

Best Practices in Fiscal 2008 Federal Performance Reports

  • Jerry Ellig

    Research Professor, George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center
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The Mercatus Center's annual Scorecard that evaluates the quality of federal agencies' performance reports has identified substantial improvements in best reporting practices since FY 1999. However, only one or two reports used the best practices identified for most of our evaluation criteria in FY 2008. Since 60 percent of FY 2008 spending was covered by reports scoring below satisfactory, more rapid adoption of best practices could yield substantial benefits.