NAO 216-111: Strategy Execution and Evaluation: NOAA's Performance Management System

Issued 06/11/07; Effective 05/25/12 Reviewed Last: 04/2014 Pending Revisions

 

.SECTION 1.  SCOPE

Strategy Execution and Evaluation (SEE) is established by this Order as NOAA’s performance management system.  It resolves policy and procedure issues in SEE so that it is well understood and engaged in by all relevant stakeholders.  It also authorizes the issuance of related guidance for implementation.

SECTION 2.  PURPOSE

SECTION 3.  BACKGROUND

SEE is a refinement of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution System (PPBES), which NOAA adopted in 2002.  NOAA adopted PPBES to comply with requirements for improved strategic management and performance-based budgeting set forth in the President’s Management Agenda and the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).  PPBES was formally adopted with NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 216-111 (June 2007). NOAA Administrator Lubchenco approved the transition to SEE in a decision memorandum dated September 27, 2010.  SEE is intended to maintain the positive attributes of PPBES while increasing responsiveness to the budgetary, strategic, and performance management requirements of Congress and the Administration.  In particular, SEE differs from PPBES in that it intends to unify the responsibilities for planning, programming and evaluation with those of budgeting and execution.

The Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010, amends GPRA, and places additional conditions on strategic planning, program performance and evaluation for agencies.  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-11 requires agencies to maintain a decision-making process that integrates analysis, planning, evaluation, and budgeting.  OMB Performance Improvement Guidance (June 25, 2010) encourages agencies to use performance information to lead, learn, and improve outcomes; communicate performance coherently and concisely for better results and transparency; and strengthen problem-solving networks, inside and outside government, to improve outcomes and performance management practices.

SECTION 4.  PRINCIPLES

SECTION 5.  POLICY
The following are the guidelines for performance management through the SEE process.  Figure 1 (in Section 11, below) depicts the major steps in the multi-annual SEE cycle and related documents. 

NOAA’s Line and Staff Offices (LO/SOs) may expand upon this policy with guidance and instructions to meet individual functional and operational requirements. 

SECTION 6.  SUPPLEMENTAL GUIDANCE

SECTION 7.  RESPONSIBILITIES

This order establishes championship as a potential responsibility for all AAs and SO Directors, who, as assistants to the Administrator, have a duty to act in the interest of NOAA as a whole, not only their individual offices.  If the AA or the SO Director is a Champion, he or she must:

 

SECTION 8.  DEFINITIONS

SECTION 9.  REFERENCES

West, W. F., Lindquist, E., Mosher-Howe, K. N. (2009). NOAA’s Resurrection of Program Budgeting: Déjà Vu All Over Again? Public Administration Review, 69 (3), 435-447.

From A-11:  NOAA’s mission summarizes the agency’s fundamental purpose of the Agency and is consistent with the Agency core programs and activities expressed within broad context of national problems, needs or challenges.

SECTION 10.  FIGURES

Figure 1: The SEE Cycle. This figure depicts the major steps in the multi-annual SEE cycle and the documents associated with each step.  Note: the development and revision of the NOAA Strategic Plan occurs outside of this cycle.  See Section 5 (above) for details.

The SEE Cycle

Figure 2: Governance of SEE.  Champions Lead via IPs and Execution Agreements, collaborating AAs and SO Directors Execute via AOPs, DUS-O enforces via SES Performance Plans, and Councils serve as forums for coordination and collaboration.  See section 7 (above) for details.

 

Governance of SEE

SECTION 11.  EFFECT ON OTHER ISSUANCES
 
This Order supersedes NAO 216-111 on the NOAA Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution System.

An electronic copy of this Order will be posted in place of the superseded Order on the NOAA Office of the Chief Administrative Officer website under the NOAA Administrative Issuances Section.  http://www.corporateservices.noaa.gov/~ocao/index.html

                                               
________/Signed/____________­­­­­____
Under Secretary of Commerce
for Oceans and Atmosphere

 

Offices of Primary Interest:

Program Planning and Integration
Office of the Chief Financial Officer