Friday, June 27, 2014
There are 89 agency priority goals in 23 of the major departments and agencies. Of these, 33 are new and the rest are extensions of goal commitments previously made in the 2012-2013 round.

Agencies establish a variety of performance goals and objectives to drive progress toward key outcomes. Agencies outline long-term goals and objectives in their strategic plans, and annual performance goals in annual performance plans.

Twenty-three major federal agencies have also identified a limited number of two-year Agency Priority Goals in the fiscal year 2015 budget, aligned with their strategic goals and objectives. Agency Priority Goals target areas where agency leaders want to achieve near-term performance acceleration through focused senior leadership attention. The Administration has also adopted a limited number of Cross-Agency Priority Goals to improve cross-agency coordination and best practice sharing. 

Here is a list of the agencies (their priority goals are hotlinked, and follow, below)

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

Department of Defense

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Environmental Protection Agency

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Housing and Urban Affairs

Department of the Interior

Department of Justice

Department of Labor

Department of State/USAID

Department of Transportation

Department of the Treasury

Department of Veterans Affairs

General Services Administration

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Science Foundation

Office of Personnel Management

Small Business Administration

Social Security Administration

 

(Note:  Red denotes a goal that is new, from the 2012-2013 round of agency priority goals).

 

Department of Agriculture (3)

 

Priority Goal 1: Reduce the number of foodborne Salmonella illnesses that are associated with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulated meat, poultry, and processed egg products.

By September 30th, 2015, FSIS will reduce the total estimated number of foodborne Salmonella illnesses caused by FSIS-regulated products to 357,515 illnesses from a 2007-2009 baseline of 413,965 illnesses. (Note: see also Priority Goal 35)

Goal Leader:  Brian Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety

 

Priority Goal 2:  Create new economic opportunities through farming and the creation of new markets for agricultural products.  

By September 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will: 

  • Provide credit assistance to 6,000 small and family operations, women, minority, and beginning farmers and ranchers through its Microloan program;
  • Provide 3 percent of RBS funding to companies that produce or manufacture biobased products; and
  • Provide assistance to develop the infrastructure for 450 new markets for local and regional food.

Goal Leader:  Doug O’Brien, Acting Under Secretary, Rural Development

 

Priority Goal 3: Improve the health of our Nation’s soils to make our food, fiber, and energy production systems resilient and sustainable.

By September 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will develop, demonstrate, and implement science-based practices to improve soil health and sustainability that, nationwide, will reduce carbon loss on cropland by over 75,000 tons per year and increase corn and soybean production by over 5 percent on those fields implementing soil health practices.

Goal Leader:  Ann Mills, Deputy Undersecretary, Natural Resources and Environment

 

Department of Commerce (5)

 

Priority Goal 4: Companies assisted by Global Markets that achieve export objectives

By September 30, 2015, the Department of Commerce will increase the percentage of companies assisted by Global Markets that achieve their export objectives to 71%.

Goal Leader: Judy Reinke, Acting Assistant Secretary and Director General International Trade Administration

 

Priority Goal 5: Expand U.S. Broadband Infrastructure

By September 30, 2015, the Department of Commerce will increase the nation's broadband infrastructure developed through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) from 78,120 miles at the end of FY 2012 to 118,000 miles.  When this goal is achieved, BTOP will connect 23,500 community anchor institution and will add 670,000 new household and business subscribers to broadband service.

Goal Leader:  Lawrence Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information National Telecommunications

 

Priority Goal 6: Confirm Elimination of Overfishing

By September 30, 2015, the Department of Commerce will confirm the elimination of overfishing on all 21 U.S. domestic stocks identified as subject to overfishing as of June 30, 2013 by comparing catch data relative to overfishing limits (OFLs).

Goal Leader:  Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, Acting Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere

 

Priority Goal 7: Improve Forecasting Accuracy and Lead Times for Severe Weather

By September 30, 2015, the Department of Commerce will improve its overall weather forecast model accuracy to 9 days which will enable more accurate, consistent, longer lead time for specific weather event forecasts and warnings.

Goal Leader:  Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

 

Priority Goal 8: Improve Patent Processing Time and Quality

By September 30, 2015, the Department of Commerce will reduce patent pendency for first action and total pendency from the end of FY 2012 levels of 21.9 and 32.4 months to 15.7 and 26.4 months; as well as reduce the unexamined patent application backlog of 608,300 to 534,900.  Additionally, the patent quality composite score will be improved from 72.4 percent to 100 percent of the FY 2015 target.

Goal Leader:  Michelle Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

 

Department of Defense (4)

 

Priority Goal 9: Transition to Veterans

By September 30, 2015 DoD will improve the career readiness of Service Members’ transitioning to Veteran status by:

  • ensuring at least 85% of eligible Service Members complete new required transition activities prior to separation: pre-separation counseling, a Department of Labor (DoL) employment workshop, and Veterans Affairs’ benefits briefings;
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  • verifying that at least 85% of separating service members meet  newly established Career Readiness Standards prior to separation;
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  • achieving and maintaining 85% or better positive responses from Service Members assessing the effectiveness of the Department’s transition assistance training curriculum;
  •  accelerating the transition of recovering Service Members into Veteran status by reducing the disability evaluation processing time; and
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  • supporting the seamless transition of recovering Service Members by sharing active recovery plans with the VA.

Goal Leader:  Virginia S. Penrod., Chief of Staff, Undersecretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness)

 

Priority Goal 10: Improve Audit Readiness

By FY2015, validate 82 percent of DoD’s mission critical assets for existence and completeness; validate 99 percent of DoD’s General Funds, Funds Balance with Treasury (FBwT) as audit ready; and validate 100 percent of DoD’s General Fund, Schedule of Budgetary Activity (SBA) for material components as audit ready.

Goal Leader:  Mark Easton, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, OUSD(C)

 

Priority Goal 11:  Acquisition Process Improvement

By September 30, 2015, DoD will improve its acquisition process by ensuring that the median cycle time for Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) will not increase by more than 2.0% from the previous year; the average rate of acquisition cost growth for MDAPs will not exceed 3% from the previous year; the annual number of MDAP breaches - significant or critical cost overruns for reasons other than approved changes in quantity - will be zero; and DOD will increase the amount of contract obligations that are competitively awarded from 58 percent in FY 2014 to 59 percent in FY 2015.

Goal Leader:  Dr. Nancy Spruill, Director of Acquisition Resources and Analysis, Under Secretary of Defense

 

Priority Goal 12: Improve Energy Performance

By September 30, 2015, DOD will improve its facility energy performance by: 1) reducing average facility energy intensity by 30 percent from the 2003 baseline of 117,334 BTUs per gross square foot, and 2) producing or procuring renewable energy equal to 12 percent of its annual electric energy usage.

Goal Leader:  Joseph Sikes, Director, Facility Energy and Privatization

 

Department of Education (6)

 

Priority Goal 13:Enable Evidence-Based Decision Making.

By September 30, 2015, the percentage of select new (non-continuation) competitive grant dollars that reward evidence will increase by 70%.

Goal Leader:  Gabriella Gomez, Assistant Secretary, OPEPD

 

Priority Goal 14: Ensure Equitable Educational Opportunities.

By Sept. 30, 2015, the number of high schools with persistently low graduation rates will decrease by 5 percent annually. The national high school graduation rate will increase to 83 percent, as measured by the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, and disparities in the national high school graduation rate among minority students, students with disabilities, English learners, and students in poverty will decrease. 

Goal Leader:  Deb Delisle, Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

 

Priority Goal 15: Increase College Degree Attainment in America

By 2015, 45.6% of adults ages 25-34 will have an associate’s degree or higher, which will place the nation on track to reach the President’s goal of 60% attainment by 2020.  

Goal Leader:  Jamie Studley, Acting Under Secretary

 

Priority Goal 16: Support comprehensive early learning assessment systems.

 

By September 30, 2015, at least 9 states will be collecting and reporting disaggregated data on the status of children at kindergarten entry using a common measure.

Goal Leader:  Deb Delisle, Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

 

Priority Goal 17: Improve learning by ensuring that more students have effective teachers and leaders.

 

By September 30, 2015, at least 37 States will have fully implemented teacher and principal evaluation and support systems that consider multiple measures of effectiveness, with student growth as a significant factor.

Goal Leader:  Deb Delisle, Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

 

Priority Goal 18: Support implementation of college- and career-ready standards and assessments.

By September 30, 2015, at least 50 states/territories will be implementing next-generation assessments, aligned with college- and career-ready standards.

Goal Leader:  Deb Delisle, Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

 

Department of Energy (5)

 

Priority Goal 19:  Support and conduct basic research to deliver scientific breakthroughs and extend our knowledge of the natural world by capitalizing on the capabilities available at the national laboratories, and through partnerships with universities and industry.

In support of this goal, DOE will, by the end of FY 2015:

  • Incorporate science user facility prioritization into program planning efforts
  • Identify programmatic drivers and technical requirements in coordination with other Departmental mission areas to inform future development of high performance computing capabilities and in anticipation of capable exascale systems.

Goal Leader(s):  Michael Knotek, Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy; Patricia Dehmer (Acting), Director, Office of Science

 

Priority Goal 20:  Maintain and modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile and dismantle excess nuclear weapons to meet the national security requirements, as assigned by the President, through the Nuclear Posture Review.

In support of this goal, DOE will:

  • Each year through FY 2015 and into the future, maintain 100% of the warheads in the stockpile as safe, secure, reliable, and available to the President for deployment.
  • Conduct activities necessary to complete planned W76-1 production in FY 2019 and achieve the first B61-12 production unit in FY 2020, as reported in the FY 2013 Selected Acquisition Reports.

Goal Leader(s): Frank G. Klotz, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration; Dr. Donald Cook, Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs

 

Priority Goal 21:  Continue to make progress toward securing the most vulnerable nuclear materials worldwide.

In support of this goal, DOE will remove or confirm disposition of an additional 315 kilograms of highly enriched uranium and plutonium for a cumulative total of 5,332 kilograms by the end of FY 2015.

Goal Leader(s): Frank G. Klotz, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration; Anne Harrington, Deputy Administrator for Defense; Terry Geliske, Chief Operations Officer, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation,

 

Priority Goal 22:   Increase the focus on efficient and effective management across the DOE enterprise and improve performance in the areas of environmental cleanup, construction project management, and cybersecurity.

In support of this goal, DOE will:

  • Retrieve tank waste, close tanks, and dispose of transuranic waste within cost and schedule through FY 2015
  • On a three-year rolling basis, complete at least 90% of departmental projects baselined since the start of FY 2008 within the original scope baseline and not to exceed 110% of the cost as reflected in the performance baseline established at Critical Decision 2 through FY 2015
  • Achieve full operational capability of the Joint Cybersecurity Coordination Center (JC3), including TS-SCI operations, by the end of FY 2015

Goal Leaders: David Klaus, Deputy Under Secretary for Management & Performance;  James Owendoff, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management; Paul Cunningham, Chief Information Security Officer; Paul Bosco, Director, Office of Acquisition and Project Management

 

Priority Goal 23: Restructure the relationship and interactions between the Department and the national laboratories and sites

In support of this goal, DOE will:

  • Establish the National Laboratory Policy Council to address high-level policy challenges and develop initiatives to build and focus the laboratory system on critical economic, research and national security priorities
  • Establish the National Laboratory Operations Board to address operational and administrative issues and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of DOE’s management of the national laboratories
  • Improve stewardship of national assets across the national laboratories and DOE operating sites to assure that DOE physical plants and their operating practices comply with DOE Directives and achieve Administration priority initiatives by end of FY 2015.

Goal Leader:  David Klaus, Deputy Under Secretary for Management & Performance

 

Environmental Protection Agency (6)

 

Priority Goal 24: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks.

Through September 30, 2015, EPA, in coordination with Department of Transportation’s fuel economy standards program, will be implementing vehicle and truck greenhouse gas standards that are projected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 6 billion metric tons and reduce oil consumption by about 12 billion barrels over the lifetime of the affected vehicles and trucks.

Goal Leader:  Elizabeth A. Shaw, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation

 

Priority Goal 25: Improve public health protection for persons served by small drinking water systems, which account for more than 97% of public water systems in the U.S., by strengthening the technical, managerial, and financial capacity of those systems.

By September 30, 2015, EPA will engage with an additional ten states (for a total of 30 states) and three tribes to improve small drinking water system capability to provide safe drinking water, an invaluable resource.

Goal Leader:  Michael H. Shapiro, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water

 

Priority Goal 26: Improve, restore, and maintain water quality by enhancing nonpoint source program leveraging, accountability, and on-the-ground effectiveness to address the Nation’s largest sources of pollution.

By September 30, 2015, 100 percent of the states will have updated nonpoint source management programs that comport with the new Section 319 grant guidelines that will result in better targeting of resources through prioritization and increased coordination with USDA.

Goal Leader:  Michael H. Shapiro, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water

 

Priority Goal 27: Clean up contaminated sites to enhance the livability and economic vitality of communities.

By 2015, an additional 18,970 sites will be made ready for anticipated use protecting Americans and the environment one community at a time.

Goal Leader:  Barry Breen, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

 

Priority Goal 28: Assess and reduce risks posed by chemicals and promote the use of safer chemicals in commerce.

By Sept 30, 2015, EPA will have completed more than 250 assessments of pesticides and other commercially available chemicals to evaluate risks they may pose to human health and the environment, including the potential for some of these chemicals to disrupt endocrine systems.  These assessments are essential in determining whether products containing these chemicals can be used safely for commercial, agricultural and/or industrial uses.  

Goal Leader:  Louise P. Wise, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

 

Priority Goal 29: Improve environmental outcomes and enhance service to the regulated community and the public.

By September 30, 2015 reduce reporting burdens to EPA by one million hours through streamlined regulations, provide real-time environmental data to at least two communities, and establish a new portal to service the regulated community and public. 

Goal Leader:  Lawrence Starfield, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

 

 

Department of Health and Human Services (5)

 

Priority Goal 30: Improve health care through meaningful use of health information technology.

By the end of FY2015, increase the number of eligible providers who receive incentive payments from the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for the successful adoption or demonstration of meaningful use of certified EHR technology to 425,000.

Goal Leader:  Judy Murphy, Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT

 

Priority Goal 31: Improve the quality of early childhood education.

By September 30, 2015, improve the quality of early childhood programs for low-income children through implementation of the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems in the Child Care and Development Fund, and through implementation of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System in Head Start.

Goal Leader:  Linda Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development Administration for Children and Families

 

Priority Goal 32: Improve patient safety.

To reduce the national rate of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by September 30, 2015 by demonstrating a 10% reduction in national hospital-acquired catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) from the current SIR of 1.02 to a target SIR of 0.92 (the 1.02 figure is from March 2013).

Goal Leaders:  Marilyn B. Tavenner, CMS Administrator; Program Lead: Patrick Conway, M.D., Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and CMS Chief Medical Officer

 

Priority Goal 33: Reduce combustible tobacco use.

By December 31, 2015, reduce the annual adult combustible tobacco consumption in the United States from 1,342 cigarette equivalents per capita to 1,174 cigarette equivalents per capita, which will represent an approximate 12% decrease from the 2012 baseline.

Goal Leader:  Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H.: Assistant Secretary for Health

 

Priority Goal 34: Reduce foodborne illness in the population.

By December 31, 2015, decrease the rate of Salmonella Enteritidis illness in the population from 2.6 cases per 100,000 (2007-2009 baseline) to 1.9 cases per 100,000.

Goal Leader:  Roberta Wagner, Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

 

 

Department of Homeland Security (3)

 

Priority Goal 35: Strengthen aviation security counterterrorism capabilities by using intelligence driven information and risk-based decisions.

By September 30, 2015, TSA will expand the use of risk-based security initiatives to increase the percentage of travelers eligible for expedited screening at airports to 50 percent and enhance the passenger experience.

Goal Leader:   Howard Goldman, TSA Senior Counselor and Director, Office of Policy Coordination

 

Priority Goal 36: Enforce and administer our immigration laws through prioritized detention and removal of criminal aliens.

Enforce and administer our immigration laws through prioritized detention and removal of criminal aliens.  By September 30, 2015, ICE will increase criminal alien removals, as a percentage of total removals by 5%.

Goal Leader:  Thomas Homan, ICE Deputy Executive Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations

 

Priority Goal 37: Ensure resilience to disasters by strengthening disaster preparedness and response capabilities.

By September 30, 2015 states and territories will demonstrate improvement towards achieving their core capability targets established through their Threat and Hazards Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA).

Goal Leader:  David Kaufman, Associate Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Analysis

 

 

Department of Housing and Urban Development (3)

 

Priority Goal 38: Preserve affordable rental housing.

Between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2015, preserve affordable rental housing by converting 36,000 units through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.

Goal Leaders:  Ben Metcalf, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Multifamily Housing; Milan Ozdinec, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Public Housing & Voucher Programs

 

Priority Goal 39: Reduce veterans homelessness.

In partnership, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) aim to reduce the number of Veterans living on the streets, experiencing homelessness to zero (as measured by the 2016 Point-in-Time count).

Goal Leader:  Jennifer Ho, Senior Adviser on Housing and Services, Office of the Secretary (See also VA Priority Goal 67)

 

Priority Goal 40: Increase the energy efficiency and health of the nation's housing stock.

Between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2015, HUD aims to enable a total of 159,000 cost effective energy efficient or healthy housing units.

Goal Leaders:  Trisha Miller, Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities; Michael Freedberg, Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities

 

Department of the Interior (6)

 

Priority Goal 41: Climate Change Adaptation.

By September 30, 2015, the Department of the Interior will demonstrate maturing implementation of climate change adaptation as scored when carrying out strategies in its Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan.

Goal Leader:  Elizabeth Klein; Associate Deputy Secretary; Sarah Greenberger, Executive Coordinator, Climate Change Working

 

Priority Goal 42: Renewable Energy Resource Development.

By September 30, 2015, increase approved capacity authorized for renewable (solar, wind, and geothermal) energy resources affecting Department of the Interior managed lands, while ensuring full environmental review, to at least 16,500 Megawatts (since 2009).

Goal LeadersNeil Kornze; Principal Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management; Michael D. Nedd, Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty & Resource

 

Priority Goal 43: Water conservation.

By September 30, 2015, the Department of the Interior will further enable the capability to increase the available water supply for agricultural, municipal, industrial, and environmental uses in the western United States through Reclamation water conservation programs to 840,000 acre-feet, cumulatively since the end of FY2009.

Goal Leaders:  Mike Connor; Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation; Grayford Payne Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation

 

Priority Goal 44: Safer and More Resilient Communities in Indian Country.

By September 30, 2015, reduce rates of repeat incarceration in three target tribal communities by 3% through a comprehensive “alternatives to incarceration” strategy that seeks to address underlying causes of repeat offenses, including substance abuse and social service needs through tribal and federal partnerships.

Goal Leaders:  Kevin Washburn; Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs; Darren A. Cruzan, Deputy Bureau Director, Office of Justice Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs

 

Priority Goal 45: Youth stewardship of natural and cultural resources.

By September 30, 2015, the Department of the Interior will provide 40,000 work and training opportunities over two fiscal years (FY 2014 and FY 2015) for individuals age 15 to 25 to support the mission of the Department.

Goal Leaders:  Rhea Suh; Assistant Secretary - Policy, Management, and Budget; Mary Pletcher, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Human Capital and Diversity

 

Priority Goal 46: Oil and gas resource management.

By September 30, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will increase the completion of inspections of federal and Indian high risk oil and gas cases by 9 percent over FY 2011 levels, which is equivalent to covering as much as 95% of the potential high risk cases.

Goal Leaders:  Neil Kornze; Principal Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management; Michael D. Nedd, Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty & Resource

 

Department of Justice (4)

 

Priority Goal 47: National Security.

Protect Americans from terrorism and other threats to National Security, including cyber security threats.  By September 30, 2015, the Department of Justice will: Disrupt 125 terrorist threats and groups and disrupt and dismantle 200 cyber threat actors.

Goal Leader:  Kiran S. Raj, Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Deputy Attorney General

 

Priority Goal 48: Violent Crime.

Protect our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence by using smart prevention and investigative strategies in order to prevent violent acts from occurring.  By September, 30, 2015, the Department of Justice will:

  • Increase the number of records  submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Index by states and federal agencies by 10%;
  • Increase the number of records entered into the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) by 3%; and
  • Increase the number of NIBIN “hits”, that is, the linkage of two or more separate crime scene investigations, based upon comparisons of the markings made on fired ammunition recovered from crime scenes by 3%.

Goal Leader:  Armando O. Bonilla, Senior Counsel, Office of the Deputy Attorney General

 

Priority Goal 49: Financial and Healthcare Fraud.

By September 30, 2015, the Department of Justice will: reduce by 3 percent  the number of financial and healthcare fraud investigations pending longer than 2 years to efficiently and effectively drive those investigations to resolution.

Goal Leader:  Geoffrey Starks, Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Deputy Attorney General

 

Priority Goal 50: Vulnerable People.

Protect vulnerable populations by increasing the number of investigations and litigation matters concerning child exploitation, human trafficking, and non-compliant sex offenders; and by improving programs to prevent victimization, identify victims, and provide services.

By September 30, 2015, working with federal, state, local, and tribal partners, protect potential victims from abuse and exploitation through three sets of key indicators:

  • Open investigations concerning non-compliant sex offenders (4% over average of FYs 2012, 2013), sexual exploitation of children (3% over average of FYs 2011, 2012, 2013), and human trafficking (2% over FY 2013).
  • Open litigation matters concerning sexual exploitation of children and human trafficking (5% increase over baseline (TBD))
  • Percent of children recovered within 72 hours of issuance of an AMBER alert (90%)

Goal LeaderAnne Gannon, National Coordinator for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction, Office of the Deputy Attorney General

 

Department of Labor (3)

 

Priority Goal 51: Secure safe and healthy workplaces, particularly in high-risk industries.

By September 30, 2015, increase the number of abated workplace hazards associated with falls, through inspections at workplaces covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and reduce worker fatality rates in mining by five percent per year based on a rolling five-year average.

Goal Leaders:  David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health; Joseph Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health

 

Priority Goal 52: Improve opportunities for America's workers to succeed in a knowledge-based economy through industry-recognized credentials.

By September 30, 2015, increase the percentage of training program completers who attain industry-recognized credentials by 10 percent.

Goal Leader:  Eric M. Seleznow, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training

 

Priority Goal 53: Increase the percent of participants who receive intensive services provided by Disabled Veterans Outreach Program specialists, with a focus on improving employment outcomes for veterans.

By September 30, 2015, increase to 75 percent the percent of participants served by Disabled Veterans Outreach specialists who receive intensive services.

Goal Leader:  Keith Kelly, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training

 

 

Department of State and USAID (5)

 

Priority Goal 54: Excellence in Consular Service Delivery.

Through September 30, 2015, maintain a 99% rate of all passport applications processed within the targeted timeframe and ensure 80% of nonimmigrant visa applicants are interviewed within three weeks of the date of application.

Goal Leader:  Janice L. Jacobs, Assistant Secretary, Consular Affairs, Department of State

 

Priority Goal 55: Climate Change.

Enable economic growth concurrent with significant reductions in national emissions trajectories through 2020 and the longer term by supporting the development and implementation of low emission development strategies (LEDS).

  • By the end of 2015, U.S. bilateral assistance under LEDS will reach at least 25 countries (from the previous baseline of 22 countries) and will result in the achievement of at least 45 major individual country milestones, each reflecting a significant, measureable improvement in that country’s development or implementation of LEDS. 
  • Also by the end of 2015, at least 1,200 additional developing country government officials and practitioners (from a baseline of 0) will strengthen their LEDS capacity through participation in the LEDS Global Partnership and that capacity will be meaningfully applied to 25 countries (from a baseline of 22).

Goal Leaders:  Kit Batten, USAID Global Climate Change Coordinator; Todd Stern, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change; Jonathan Pershing, Deputy U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change

 

Priority Goal 56: USAID Procurement Reform.

By September 30, 2015, USAID will reduce procurement administrative lead time (PALT) by 40 percent from the 2009 baseline of 513 calendar days, increase percentage of program funding going directly to local partners to 30 percent, and meet or exceed the prime contract acquisition dollars obligated to U.S. small businesses worldwide by 10 percent from the FY 2013 baseline of 8.2 percent.

Goal Leader:  Angelique Crumbly, Assistant Administrator for  Management/ Performance Improvement Officer, Bureau for Management, USAID

 

Priority Goal 57: Food Security.

Increase food security in Feed the Future initiative countries.  By September 30, 2015, increase the number of farmers and others who have applied new technologies or management practices to eight million, from a corrected base of five million in 2012.

Goal Leader:  Richard Greene, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Food Security

 

Priority Goal 58: Global Health.

Support the global effort to end preventable child and maternal deaths.  By September 30, 2015, U.S. assistance to end preventable child and maternal deaths will contribute to reductions in under-five mortality in 24 maternal and child health U.S. Government-priority countries by 4 deaths per 1,000 live births as compared to a 2013 baseline.

Goal LeaderDr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, USAID

 

 

Department of Transportation (4)

 

Priority Goal 59: Improve the efficiency of the National airspace system at Air Route Traffic Control Centers

Air traffic control systems can improve the efficiency of airspace. By December, 2014, the En Route Automation Modernization System (ERAM) will achieve Initial Operation Readiness at all 20 Air Route Traffic Control Centers.  By March 2015, all 20 Air Route Traffic Control Centers will have Operational Readiness Dates for ERAM..

Goal Leader:  Michael P. Huerta, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

 

Priority Goal 60: Advance the development of passenger rail in the United States

Initiate construction on 65 construction projects and substantially complete 74 planning, preliminary engineering/environmental analysis for passenger rail by September 30, 2015.

Goal Leaders:  Joseph Szabo, Administrator, Federal Rail Administration; and Corey Hill, Director of the Office of Passenger and Freight Programs, Federal Rail Administration

 

Priority Goal 61: Reduce the rate of aviation accidents

Reduce aviation fatalities by addressing risk factors both on the ground and in the air. Commercial aviation (i.e. U.S. Carriers): Reduce fatalities to no more than 6.9 per 100 million people on board through FY 2015. General aviation (i.e. private planes): Reduce fatal accident rate per 100,000 flight hours to no more than 1.04 through FY 015.  Reduce category A&B runway incursions in all airports to a rate of no more than 0.395 per million operations in FY15.

Goal Leaders:  Michael P. Huerta, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration; and Peggy Gilligan, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Federal Aviation Administration

 

Priority Goal 62: Reduce the rate of roadway fatalities

Reduce the rate of roadway fatalities from 1.26 in 2008 to 1.03 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by December 31, 2018.

Goal Leaders:  David J. Friedman, Acting Administrator (Lead), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Gary Nadeau, Acting Administrator, Federal Highway Administration; and Anne Ferro, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

 

Department of the Treasury (2)

 

Priority Goal 63: Focus Enforcement on High-Priority Threats using Proactive Analysis.

By September 2015, employ a proactive, intelligence-driven approach to focus enforcement efforts against high priority threats. 

Goal Leader:  Frederick Reynolds, Deputy Director, Financial Criminal Enforcement Network

 

Priority Goal 64: Increasing Self-service Options for the Taxpayers.

By September 2015, introduce self-service and electronic-service taxpayer options to enable taxpayers to securely authenticate, view, and print tax records online, pay outstanding debts, enter into installment agreements, establish powers of attorney, get tax law information, and easily access all parts of IRS.gov. 

Goal Leader:  John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

 

Department of Veterans Affairs (3)

 

Priority Goal 65: Improve Veteran Virtual Access to VA Benefits and Services.

By September 30, 2015, VA will increase the use of virtual service options by increasing the percent of claims received electronically, by increasing the number of accredited Veterans service officers registered on the Stakeholder Enterprise Portal, by increasing the number of registered eBenefits users, and by increasing the percent of patients who access VA health care using a virtual format such as video telehealth or online services.

  1. Increase the annual percent of disability compensation claims received virtually/electronically from a baseline of 2 percent in 2013, to 12 percent in 2014 and 20 percent in 2015.
  2. Increase the number of accredited Veterans advocates who are registered users on the Stakeholder Enterprise Portal (SEP) from a baseline of 1,000 in 2013, to 2,000 in 2014 and 3,500 in 2015.
  3. Increase the number of registered eBenefits users to 3.8 million in 2014 and 5 million in 2015.
  4. Increase the percent of patients who access VA health care using a virtual format (e.g., video, smart phone or online services) from 23% baseline utilization in 2013, to 30% in 2014, and 35% in 2015.

Goal Leader:  Maureen Ellenberger, Executive Director, Veterans Relationship Management Program Management Office, Veterans Benefits Administration

 

Priority Goal 66: Eliminate the Disability Claims Backlog.

Improve accuracy and reduce the time it takes to complete disability benefit claims. Eliminate the disability claims backlog and process all claims in 125 days with 98% accuracy in 2015.

1) Reduce the percentage of disability claims pending for more than 125 days to 50% in 2014 and 0% in 2015.

2) Improve national issue-based rating accuracy for disability claims to 97% in 2014 and 98% in 2015.

3) Improve national claim-based rating accuracy for disability claims to 94% in 2014 and 98% in 2015.

Goal Leader:  Ms. Diana Rubens, Deputy Under Secretary for Field Operations, Veterans Benefits Administration

 

Priority Goal 67: Eliminate Veteran Homelessness.

In partnership, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) aim to reduce the number of Veterans living on the streets, experiencing homelessness to zero (as measured by the 2016 PIT Count).

Goal Leader:  Lisa M. Pape, Director, VA Homeless Programs, Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (see also HUD Priority Goal 39)

 

General Services Administration (2)

 

Priority Goal 68: Generate savings through Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative.

By September 30, 2015, GSA will save $255M through the use of Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI).

Goal Leader:  Tom Sharpe, Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service

 

Priority Goal 69: Reduce the federal footprint.

By September 30, 2015, GSA will reduce the amount of leased space by 5% for replacement leases. GSA will also work with agencies to complete a total of 15 Client Portfolio Plans (three new plans each year) to identify opportunities for agencies to optimize their real estate portfolios.

Goal LeadersNorman Dong, Commissioner, Public Buildings Service; Martha Benson, Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Real Property Asset Management, Public Buildings Service

 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (4)

 

Priority Goal 70: Achieve critical milestones in development of new systems for the human exploration of deep space.

By September 30, 2015, NASA will complete the Space Launch System, Orion, and Exploration Ground Systems Critical Design Reviews (CDRs), allowing the programs to continue to progress toward Exploration Mission (EM)-1 and EM-2 missions.

Goal Leader:  William Hill, Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development, Human Explorations and Operations Mission Directorate

 

Priority Goal 71: Increase utilization of the International Space Station’s internal and external research facilities.

By September 30, 2015, NASA will increase the utilization of the International Space Station internal and external research facility sites with science and technology payload hardware to 70 percent.

Goal Leader:  Sam Scimemi, Director, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, International Space Station Division

 

Priority Goal 72: Facilitate the development of and certify U.S. industry-based crew transportation systems while maintaining competition.

By September 30, 2015, the Commercial Crew Program will complete the first phase of certification efforts with Commercial Crew Transportation partners, and will make measurable progress toward the second certification phase with industry partners while maintaining competition.

Goal Leader:  Philip McAlister, Director, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, Commercial Spaceflight Development

 

Priority Goal 73: Launch the James Webb Space Telescope.

By October 2018, NASA will launch the James Webb Space Telescope, the premier space-based observatory.   To enable this launch date, NASA will complete the James Webb Space Telescope primary mirror backplane and backplane support structures and deliver them to the Goddard Space Flight Center for integration with the mirror segments by September 30, 2015.

Goal Leader:  Dr. Eric P. Smith, Program Director (Acting), Science Mission Directorate, James Webb Space Telescope Program Office

 

National Science Foundation (3)

 

Priority Goal 74: Ensure Public Access to Publications.

By September 30, 2015, NSF-funded investigators will be able to deposit versions of their peer-reviewed articles in a repository that will make them available to the public.

Goal Leader:  Clifford Gabriel, Senior Advisor, Office of the Director

 

Priority Goal 75: Increase the Nation’s Data Science Capacity.

Improve the nation’s capacity in data science by investing in the development of human capital and infrastructure. By September 30, 2015, implement mechanisms to support the training and workforce development of future data scientists; increase the number of multi-stakeholder partnerships to address the nation’s big-data challenges; and increase investments in current and future data infrastructure, extending data-intensive science into more research communities.

Goal Leaders:  Suzi Iacono, Deputy Assistant Director, Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE);  Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Assistant Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)

 

Priority Goal 76: Optimize the Award Process to Level Workload.

By September 30, 2015, meet targets to level distribution of awards across the fiscal year and subsequently improve awardee capacity to effectively manage research funding.

Goal Leader:  Karen Tiplady, Director, Division of Grants and Agreements, Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management (BFA)

 

Office of Personnel Management (5)

 

Priority Goal 77: Improve the Oversight and Quality of Background Investigation Processing.

Throughout FY 2014 and 2015, OPM will target 99% or more of all OPM investigations adjudicated as “quality complete” by agencies receiving closed investigations.

Goal Leader:  Merton Miller, Associate Director, Federal Investigative Services

 

Priority Goal 78: Retirement claims processing improvements.

Starting  July 1, 2014, process 90% of cases in 60 days or less. By the end of FY 2015, increase the use of services on-line by 25% (from a baseline of 367,000 annuitants), and increase the percentage of complete cases received from agencies to 95% or greater (from a baseline of 89%) with the long term goal of 100% of cases received as complete.  In addition, by FY 2015, OPM will develop capabilities to receive electronic retirement applications.

Goal Leader:  Kenneth Zawodny, Jr., Deputy Associate Director, Retirement Services

 

Priority Goal 79: FEHB Accountability.

Improve the efficiency of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and affordability of coverage offered to employees. By September 30, 2015, reduce the rate of growth in per capita spending through a range of activities, including improved data analytics, enhanced accountability measures, and programmatic improvements.

Goal Leader:  John O'Brien, Director Healthcare and Insurance

 

Priority Goal 80: Closing the Skills Gap for the HR Workforce.

Professionalize the government-wide HR workforce by implementing a comprehensive HR certification program through HR University. By end of FY 2015, more than 95% of Federal HR professionals (GS-201s/203s) will have registered for HR University. By the end of FY 2015, each HR Technical Area (Employee Relations, Staffing, Compensation, etc.) will have developed its curriculum for the Technical Specialist Role, as a step towards future HR Certification professional recognition.

Goal Leader:  Mark Reinhold, Acting Associate Director for Employee Services

 

Priority Goal 81: Promote Diversity and Inclusion.

By September 30, 2015, 95% of OPM and 25% of government-wide hiring actions will occur following human resources and/or hiring manager’s use of a tool to review applicant flow data for individual hiring actions, resulting in measurable improvements in manager satisfaction with the quality of new hires.

Goal Leader:  Veronica Villalobos, Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

 

Small Business Administration (4)

 

Priority Goal 82: Increase Active Lender Participation.

Expand access to capital by adding 325 new and returning lenders to SBA’s flagship 7(a) program each fiscal year in FY2014-2015.

Goal Leaders:  Anne Marie Mehlum, Associate Administrator for Office of Capital Access; Antonio Leta, Deputy Associate Administrator for Office of Capital Access

 

Priority Goal 83: Maximize Small Business participation in government contracting.

Maximize small business participation in federal government contracting to meet the statutory goals and reduce participation by ineligible firms.

Goal Leader:  Calvin Jenkins, Deputy Associate Administrator for Office of Government Contracting & Business Development

 

Priority Goal 84: Expand the base of lenders for small business exporters.

Expand small business access to export financing by increasing the number of lenders to providing export financing solutions from 430 to 555 and the number of small business exporters receiving financing through SBA loan programs from 1,346 to 1,480 by FY2015.

Goal Leaders:  Luz Hopewell, Acting Associate Administrator of the Office of International Trade; Dennis R Chrisbaum, Director, International Trade Finance

 

Priority Goal 85: Increase the Disaster Loan Application Return Rate.

By September 30, 2015, increase the return rate for disaster survivor applications by 10 percent (24% to 34% return rate).

Goal Leaders:  James Rivera, Associate Administrator for Office of Disaster Assistance; Joseph Loddo, Deputy Associate Administrator for Office of Disaster Assistance

 

Social Security Administration (4)

 

Priority Goal 86: Provide the public with access to personalized information by increasing the number of established “my Social Security” accounts.

In FYs 2014 and 2015, increase the number of customers who sign up for “my Social Security” by 15 percent over each respective prior fiscal year.

Goal Leader:  Sylviane Haldiman, Associate Commissioner for Electronic Services and Technology Office of Operations

 

Priority Goal 87: Expand the use of video hearings. We will deliver a world-class customer experience by expanding the use of video technology to hold hearings.

By September 30, 2015, increase the percentage of hearings we hold by video from 26 percent in FY 2013 to 30 percent.

Goal Leader:  Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

 

Priority Goal 88: Reduce the improper payment rate made under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

By September 30, 2015, we will reduce the improper payment rate made under the SSI program to no more than 6.2% of all payments made under the SSI program (i.e., overpayments and underpayments).

Goal Leader:  Nancy Martinez, Associate Commissioner for Income Security Programs

Office of Retirement and Disability Policy

 

Priority Goal 89: Improve access to our services by increasing the number of customers who complete their business with us online.

In FY 2013, customers processed over 46 million transactions online. In FYs 2014 and 2015, we will increase the number of online transactions by 10 percent over each respective prior fiscal year. Based on current data, the impact of this increase will result in 51 million transactions occurring online rather than in Social Security field offices.

Goal Leader:  Sylviane Haldiman, Associate Commissioner for Electronic Services and Technology Office of Operations

 

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