[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 116 (Thursday, June 16, 2011)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 35295-35299]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-15181]

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Vol. 76


No. 116

June 16, 2011

Part III

The President


Executive Order 13576--Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and 
Accountable Government

                        Presidential Documents 

Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 116 / Thursday, June 16, 2011 / 
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Title 3--
The President

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                Executive Order 13576 of June 13, 2011

Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and 
                Accountable Government

                By the authority vested in me as President by the 
                Constitution and the laws of the United States of 
                America, and in order to cut waste, streamline 
                Government operations, and reinforce the performance 
                and management reform gains my Administration has 
                achieved, it is hereby ordered as follows:

                Section 1. Policy. My Administration is committed to 
                ensuring that the Federal Government serves the 
                American people with the utmost effectiveness and 
                efficiency. Over the last 2 years, we have made good 
                progress and have saved taxpayer dollars by cutting 
                waste and increasing the efficiency of Government 
                operations by curbing uncontrolled growth in contract 
                spending, terminating poorly performing information 
                technology projects, deploying state of the art fraud 
                detection tools to crack down on waste, focusing agency 
                leaders on achieving ambitious improvements in high 
                priority areas, and opening Government up to the public 
                to increase accountability and accelerate innovation.

                The American people must be able to trust that their 
                Government is doing everything in its power to stop 
                wasteful practices and earn a high return on every tax 
                dollar that is spent. To strengthen that trust and 
                deliver a smarter and leaner Government, my 
                Administration will reinforce the performance and 
                management reform gains achieved thus far; 
                systematically identify additional reforms necessary to 
                eliminate wasteful, duplicative, or otherwise 
                inefficient programs; and publicize these reforms so 
                that they may serve as a model across the Federal 

                The implementation of the American Recovery and 
                Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) (Recovery 
                Act) has seen unprecedented transparency. The Recovery 
                Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB) has 
                developed innovative technologies and approaches for 
                preventing and identifying fraud and abuse that have 
                the potential to improve performance across all of 
                Government spending.

                Sec. 2. Accountable Government Initiative. (a) On 
                September 14, 2010, in a Memorandum to the Senior 
                Executive Service, my Administration introduced goals 
                for the Accountable Government Initiative (Initiative). 
                The mission of the Initiative is to monitor and promote 
                agency progress in making Government work better, 
                faster, and more efficiently. To hold executive 
                departments and agencies (agencies) accountable for 
                obtaining results consistent with this mission, the 
                Vice President shall convene periodic meetings in which 
                Cabinet members and the Director of the Office of 
                Management and Budget (OMB) report to him on 
                improvements implemented under their direction.

                    (b) The Federal Chief Performance Officer (CPO), 
                who also serves as the Deputy Director for Management 
                of OMB and the Chair of the President's Management 
                Council (PMC), shall work with the PMC to support 
                agencies' performance and management reform and cost-
                cutting efforts. The CPO will lead OMB and the PMC in 
                identifying practices that should be adopted across 
                agencies and in facilitating reforms that require 
                cross-agency coordination and cooperation. The CPO 
                shall work with agencies to ensure that each area 
                identified as critical to performance improvement has 
                robust performance metrics in place, and that these 
                metrics are frequently analyzed

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                and reviewed by agency leadership. Agencies shall 
                update these metrics quarterly, as appropriate, on the 
                website performance.gov.
                    (c) In accordance with the GPRA Modernization Act 
                of 2010 (31 U.S.C. 1115 et seq.), each agency's Chief 
                Operating Officer (COO) shall be designated as the 
                Senior Accountable Official responsible for leading 
                performance and management reform efforts, and for 
                reducing wasteful or ineffective programs, policies, 
                and procedures. In discharging this responsibility, 
                this official shall be accountable for conducting 
                frequent data-driven reviews of agency progress toward 
                goals in the areas that OMB identifies as being 
                critical to performance improvement across agencies or 
                that the agency head identifies as top near-term 
                priorities. These goals may include reforming 
                information technology, reducing improper payments, 
                leveraging the Federal Government's purchasing scale, 
                reducing high-risk contracting practices, improving the 
                management of Federal real estate, enhancing customer 
                service, and achieving agency and Federal Government 
                priority goals identified pursuant to the GPRA 
                Modernization Act of 2010.
                    (d) The Director of OMB shall provide guidance to 
                agencies as part of the Fiscal Year 2013 budget process 
                for identifying areas of program overlap and 
                duplication within and across agencies, and for 
                proposing consolidations and reductions to address 
                those inefficiencies.
                    (e) The Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) at all 
                agencies shall be responsible for achieving agency cost 
                savings. This will include each agency's share of the 
                $2.1 billion in administrative cost savings identified 
                in my Fiscal Year 2012 Budget, and for achieving those 
                savings as quickly as possible. The CFOs are encouraged 
                to realize these cost savings by targeting wasteful 
                practices and by reducing, and identifying alternatives 
                to, discretionary travel, the use of consultants, and 
                other administrative expenses. The Federal CFO Council 
                shall provide a monthly report on these efforts to the 
                PMC, with relevant findings and progress reported on 

                Sec. 3. Government Accountability and Transparency 
                Board. (a) There is hereby established a Government 
                Accountability and Transparency Board (Board) to 
                provide strategic direction for enhancing the 
                transparency of Federal spending and advance efforts to 
                detect and remediate fraud, waste, and abuse in Federal 
                programs. The Board shall be composed of 11 members 
                designated by the President from among agency 
                Inspectors General, agency Chief Financial Officers or 
                Deputy Secretaries, a senior official of OMB, and such 
                other members as the President shall designate. The 
                President shall designate a Chair from among the 
                members. Building on the lessons learned from the 
                successful implementation of the Recovery Act, the 
                Board shall work with the RATB to apply the approaches 
                developed by the RATB across Government spending.

                    (b) Not later than 6 months after the date of this 
                order, the Board shall submit a report to the President 
                that identifies implementation guidelines for 
                integrating systems that support the collection and 
                display of Government spending data, ensuring the 
                reliability of those data, and broadening the 
                deployment of fraud detection technologies, including 
                those proven successful during the implementation of 
                the Recovery Act.
                    (c) The Director of OMB, in consultation with the 
                Board, shall be responsible for assisting executive 
                agencies in achieving objectives in the guidelines 
                identified in subsection (b) above.
                    (d) The Chair of the Board, in consultation with 
                the Director of OMB, shall provide monthly updates to 
                the Vice President on the progress obtained under this 

                Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order 
                shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) authority granted by law to a department or agency, or the head 
thereof; or

(ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget 
related to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

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                    (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with 
                applicable law and subject to the availability of 
                    (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, 
                create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, 
                enforceable at law or in equity by any party against 
                the United States, its departments, agencies, or 
                entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any 
                other person.
                    (Presidential Sig.)

                THE WHITE HOUSE,

                    June 13, 2011.

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