Study: Online CFO Act reports are a mixed bag

The Homeland Security Department was “a day late and a dollar short” in posting its annual mandated performance review on its Web site in December, according to a new study of performance-based accountability for 23 federal agencies by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

The department’s annual review was online by the Dec. 15 deadline, but a person trying to find it would have do “un-intuitive” searching on DHS’ Web pages, the report said. Homeland Security scored only a 1 out of 5 for ease of accessibility of its report.

DHS also received a low score, 2 out of 5, for readability of its online performance review.
Overall, Homeland Security scored second to lowest in its ability to deliver information to the public about how it is performing. The Department of Defense scored lowest.

Scoring highest for fiscal 2004 were the departments of Labor, State, Transportation and Veterans Affairs.

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