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Perspectives on the President's Management Agenda

Thirteen Fellows of the Academy's Standing Panel on the Public Service provide their expert insight on the President's Management Agenda, released in March of 2018. While it is important to understand how current leaders are approaching the implementation of the PMA, it is equally important to understand from those who have seen many PMAs come and go what lessons might be applied to this new PMA to avoid common pitfalls, shorten implementation cycles, improve and increase institutionalization of goals and process, and in short, increase the likelihood of success.

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Quotes from the PMA Book

“Trump's management agenda is both a world-class plan for transforming the government and, between the lines, a powerful diagnostic for what ails it. It's an important, perhaps surprising, contribution to the public debate.” Donald F. Kettl, Professor at the University of Texas at Austin

“Given this environment, it is fitting that all three of the key areas covered in the President's Management Agenda (PMA) recognize the inestimable role that technology will continue to play in the days and years ahead. The promise of this technology-enabled future is within our grasp – with opportunities for the Federal government to make great strides at widespread transformation, improved services to citizens and greater mission effectiveness.”David M. Wennergren, Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting LLP

“The long-term nature and simplicity of the Administration's PMA framework – concentrated on mission, service, and (fiscal) stewardship – is appealing. It is short, sweet, and to the point. Key to its credibility is complementary identification of the goals, strategies, and actions the Administration is using to advance progress; explanations of why those were chosen; names of goal leaders guiding progress; and quarterly public updates analyzing progress and problems along with planned next steps posted on Performance.gov.”Shelley Metzenbaum, Founding President of the Volcker Alliance and former Associate Director for Performance Management at the White House Office of Management and Budget