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New Priority Goals Revealed by Agencies

priorityThe Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act required the Trump administration to post its first set of agency strategic plans and priority goals, which it did. The goals, described on performance.gov, haven’t received much attention because the White Houses’ budget proposal was released the same day.

The documents on the website shoe a blueprint of the Trump administration’s priorities, such as agencies 4-year strategic plans and objectives for 2018-2022, and 2-year agency priority goals for 2018-2019.

There are 74 priority goals listed, in comparison to 91 listed during the preceding 2-years period under President Obama. Close to 1/3 of the Trump administration’s priority goals focus on the same areas as Obama’s administration, but with different emphasis. For example:

Commerce—priority goal for accelerating patent processing

“By September 30, 2019, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will reduce patent pendency to less than 15 months for first action pendency and less than 24 months for total pendency from the end of FY2017 results of 16.3 months and 24.2 months, respectively.”

Compare to the same goal under the Obama administration:

“By September 30, 2017, the Patent and Trademark Office will reduce patent pendency to less than 14 months for first action and less than 23 months for total pendency from the end of FY2014 results of 18.4 and 27.4 months. This priority goal supports the Department of Commerce’s longer-term goal focused on achieving 10 months for first action pendency and 20 months for total pendency by FY2019.”

Housing and Urban Development—priority goal for homelessness

“Reduce the average length of homelessness in communities by an average of 3 days by the end of FY2019.”

Compare to the Obama administration:

“In partnership with other agencies, the Department of Housing Urban Development will reduce the total number of homeless families, youth and children, and people experiencing chronic homelessness, as well as keep the number of veterans living on the street at 0.”

State Department—food security goal

“Increase food security and resilience in Feed the Future countries. By September 30, 2019, Feed the Future will exhibit an average reduction in the prevalence of poverty and stunting of 20%, across target regions in Feed the Future’s focus countries, since the beginning of the initiative in FY2010.”

In comparison, the food security goals during the Obama administration was:

“Increase food security in Feed the Future initiative countries. By September 30, 2017, 10 out of 19 Feed the Future focus countries will exhibit reductions of 10% or greater in the prevalence of poverty or stunting in their zones of influence, compared to the 2011-2012 baseline study results.”

Priority goals in new areas—the Trump administration has developed some agency priority goals not identified under the previous administration.

State Department has added a big goal:

“Achieve control of the HIV epidemic. By September 30, 2019, new infections are fewer than deaths from all causes in HIV positive patients in up to 13 high-HIV burden countries through leadership by State and implementation by USAID; the U.S> Department of Health and Human Services and its agencies, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and National Institutes of Health; Departments of Defense, Labor, and Treasury; and Peace Corps.”

Other priority goals are reducing regulatory burdens, enhancing southern border security, and improving the processing of drilling applications of public lands.

Agencies have already begun implementing these priority goals and will be reporting their progress for the first quarter of 2018 soon on performance.gov.