The Senate Budget Committee's Government Performance Task Force was established in 2009 to support the Committee with its monitoring and oversight capacity. The Task Force is charged with examining the information base for decision making in Congress and identifying opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and services.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to find new ways to save taxpayer money.’– Chairman Mark Warner
“The continuation of the Task Force represents a strong, ongoing commitment from the Budget Committee to keep looking for smart ways to save taxpayer dollars by improving how our government works,” Sen. Warner said. “Our Task Force will pursue additional reforms that will reduce duplication, break down agency silos, build a more collaborative culture across government, and modernize how we use technology to improve transparency and accountability. This kind of oversight work typically does not generate a lot of headlines, but I look forward to working with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to find new ways to save taxpayer money.”
Task Force Progress:
• Since it's first meeting, the Task Force has discussed the influence of information technology in performance analysis, the use of data in promoting smarter government decision-making and the importance of modernizing the federal government's information technology systems.
• In addition to holding hearings, the Task Force contributed to the passage of the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 to make government more accountable, efficient and productive.
• Senator Warner invites the public to submit their ideas on how to improve government performance. Click here to share your suggestions.
U.S. Senator Mark Warner chaired a hearing of the Senate Budget Committee’s Task Force on Government Performance that focused on reducing fraud and abuse by increasing financial transparency in federal government. He welcomed witnesses from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Sunlight Foundation, and University of Virginia.
Warner's unofficial status as the Senate's guru on government management was formalized by the Budget Committee's creation in 2009 of a bipartisan Performance Task Force, which Warner has chaired ever since. The group's initial goal, he said, was to provide oversight and encourage agencies to be more efficient, especially "if they are asking for more revenues."
House Passes Senator Warner's Bipartisan Bill To Improve Federal Government Customer Service
U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner applauded the House of Representatives’ passage today of his bipartisan Government Customer Service Improvement Act, which was sponsored by U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Michael McCaul (R-TX). The Senate legislation is cosponsored by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and works to improve customer service delivery across federal agencies. Millions of Americans depend on federal agencies for vital services, and delays in processing those requests often result in inconvenience, frustration and financial hardship.
Statement of U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner On Government Accountability Office’s Review of Performance.gov
“The goal of the central website for performance information is to more clearly communicate results from across the federal government to taxpayers and Congress. Today, GAO correctly pointed out that there is still work to do to make the performance.gov website more user-friendly."
Statement of U.S. Senator Mark Warner on OMB's Release of Federal Program Inventory
"“We are finally getting the data we need to make a careful review of the structure of federal programs across the government to help inform decision-making in Congress. Identifying the programs at each agency is critical to making sure we reduce the amount of duplication, improve efficiencies, and ensure that programs with similar missions work together across agency silos."
Senators Warner and Portman Introduce Bipartisan DATA Act
U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve and expand federal fiscal accountability. The legislation requires standardized reporting of federal spending to be posted to a single website, allowing citizens to track spending in their communities and agencies to more easily identify improper payments, waste and fraud.
White House wants to root out copycat programs - starting with STEM
"This structure will help ensure that related programs are coordinated and that resources are focused on programs that deliver the most impact per dollar in their respective domains," said John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, testifying before a Senate Budget Committee panel Thursday on government performance.
The committee's Task Force on Government Performance, chaired by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), examined how the administration aims to root out duplicative federal programs.
The success of any Obama administration bid to eliminate overlapping or duplicative programs may hinge on bipartisan cooperation from a turf-conscious Congress as well as clear and enduring metrics, a Senate panel was told on Thursday. The topic is being championed by task force leader Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., who began the hearing by reiterating his intention to introduce a bill—as he did in the previous Congress -- to give President Obama his requested renewal of authority that chief executives enjoyed before the 1980s to consolidate agencies to streamline management and save money.
Today Sen. Warner continued his mission to highlight the work of ‘Great Federal Employees,’ those individuals who, despite receiving little recognition for their hard work, perform vital functions every day that make this country a better and safer place to live. This time, Sen. Warner chose to recognize three Virginians working behind the scenes to make our government more efficient and effective.
On Federal News Radio’s ‘The Federal Drive’, Senator Warner, a longtime voice for bipartisan solutions to the nation’s debt crisis, spoke about his work as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee’s Government Performance Task Force.
Senator Warner and Senator Johnson Reintroduce Bill to Improve Federal Government Customer Service
U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) announced the introduction of the Government Customer Service Improvement Act of 2013. The bipartisan legislation works to improve customer service delivery across federal agencies, and a companion bill was introduced in the House by U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Michael McCaul (R-TX).