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“language” can be reconciled toward the dual goals of facilitating congressional budgeting activities and enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of agency management.

This chapter examines the communication between the agencies and the primary audiences for its GPRA reports: oversight groups, the users of research, and the public. As was the case with the previous chapter, the observations here are based on the panel's focus groups and workshop where agency and oversight group representatives discussed agency responses to the following questions:

  • How is the result communicated to different audiences (e.g., S&T community, advisory committees, agency leadership, administration, Congress)?

  • How is the result used in internal and external decision-making?

The agency responses are summarized in Appendix C and the workshop discussion is provided in Appendix D.

3.1 Communication Between Agencies and Oversight Groups

The viewpoints of Congress, GAO, OMB, and other entities interested in the implementation of GPRA vary with their specific charges. In general, however, all of them have expressed a desire to know more about:

  • What procedures the federal agencies use to comply with GPRA;

  • How successful those procedures are; and

  • How the GPRA planning and reporting processes can serve agency missions and the public interest better than is available in the existing documentation.



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