Letter to the editor
I am disappointed by Milt Zall's partisan prattle and obvious attempts to
circumvent any structure designed to bring about comparability and control
to the government bureaucracy, as intended by the Government Performance
and Results Act ["GPRA and government business"].
"Strategic planning" alone without identifying tangible specifications and
inviting cost comparisons merely facilitates a continuation of inefficiency.
The real issue is forcing the substantive implementation of GRPA so taxpayers
and constituencies have tangible information to apply in evaluating the
performance of governmental programs. That means identifying relevant quantitative
data that can be linked to financial data. This empowers the public.
Milt Zall replies: I'm sorry you think I'm partisan. I don't believe in
any administration's attempt to try and measure government performance.
In many instances, there's nothing meaningful to measure. Every effort to
identify "relevant quantifiable data" to measure government performance
has failed, beginning with the Planning, Programming and Budgeting System
and Zero-Base Budgeting. What makes you think GPRA is any different?