News from PPMRN - November-December 2010

Messages From PPMRN
Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!

In this issue you will find the latest articles published on performance measurement and reporting, upcoming conferences and webinars, announcements, the most recent federal reports on performance measurement and the schedule for the next PPM certificate cohort.

Performance Measurement And Reporting In The News

Performance-Based Budgeting Worth It Over Long Term
December 5, 2010

By: Tammy R. Waymire and Timothy D. West

Summary: The Federal Times published an article on Performance-Based Budgeting and how it leads to accountability and transparency in the public sector. 

GAO Gets Latest Report on Performance

November 16, 2010
By: Alice Lipowicz
Summary: According to the Acting Comptroller General Gene Dodaro the Government Accountability Office has met most if not all of its internal performance goals for fiscal year 2010.
GAO Report (pdf)

Tracking Bill Could Cost $75M, CBO Says

November 12, 2010

By: Mathew Weigelt

Summary: According to a report published by the Congressional Budget Office, a new bill would amend the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), and it would cost an additional $75 million to track performance government-wide.
CBO Report

Virginia Looks To Overhaul Transportation Department Performance

November 10, 2010

Summary: Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell recently approved an action plan for the Virginia Department of Transportation to improve its use of information technologies and performance measurement.

Upcoming Events
March 7-9, 2011
The Performance Institute's 2011 City & County Performance Summit

Las Vegas, NV

March 11-15, 2011
2011 ASPA Annual Conference: Public Administration Without Borders
Baltimore, MD

September 18-21, 2011

International City/County Management Association (ICMA) 97th Annual Conference

Milwaukee, WI

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Volunteers Needed For The
Public Service Research Panel

The Public Service Research Panel (PSRPanel) is an opt-in, online community of public service professionals who sign up to participate in occasional web-based surveys and studies about the important work they do and the organizations they help lead. Survey topics include leadership strategies, job satisfaction, management practices, career and sector switching, political pressures on the job, and interaction with citizens and clients. To join or for more information about the project visit: http://www.psrpanel.org.

Recent Federal Performance Measurement Reports
U.S. Government Accountability Office: Performance and Accountability Report
Fiscal Year 2010

United States Government Accountability Office; Washington, D.C.; 154 Pages       

November 15, 2010

The United States Department of Treasury: Performance and Accountability Report 2010 (pdf)

U.S. Department of Treasury; Washington, D.C.; 356 Pages

November 15, 2010

U.S. Department of Education: Education Performance and Accountability
2010 Agency Financial Report
U.S. Department of Education; Washington, D.C.; 130 Pages   

November 15, 2010

U.S. Census Bureau FY 2010 Performance and Accountability Report (pdf)

Washington D.C.; 100 Pages

November 2010                                                 

Public Performance Measurement Certificate

Why Enroll?

The Public Performance Measurement Certificate program builds knowledge, skills and leadership in the management of government and non-profit organizations. Our curriculum of core modules covers: Best practices and strategies for performance measurement; The link between performance measurement and citizen participation; Strategic planning and performance based budgeting; Managerial behavior and decision making; Performance reporting; and E-governance and accountability.

Gain the knowledge and skills to improve your organization's performance! Enroll Today!

PPM Certificate

Public Performance Measurement Certificate Schedule: 

  • Performance Based Budgeting (PPM 200):
     January 18, 2011 to February 18, 2011
  • Strategic Planning and Management (PPM 300):
    March 7, 2011 to April 8, 2011
  • Citizen Surveys and Reporting (PPM 400):
     April 25, 2011 to May 27, 2011
  • Governmental Transparency and E-Governance (PPM 500):
     June 13, 2011 to July 15, 2011
  • Public Performance Measurement (PPM 100):
     July 18, 2011 to August 19, 2011


Note:The next rotation of the PPM certificate program will begin with PPM 200. Students that enroll in this schedule will be able to take PPM 100 at the end of their certificate program, as noted in the above schedule.

Download: PPM Certificate Information Sheet (pdf)
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