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More grades rose than fell in the status portion of the quarterly President’s Management Agenda score card released today by Office of Management and Budget.

The score card covers 2005 through March 31. The number of green scores in this quarter's current-status column grew by two from last quarter to 41 total. Two departments also moved from red to yellow, bring the yellow total to 49. There are 40 red scores.

Green is the best rating agencies can receive, with yellow signifying that an agency has achieved some but not all of the agenda's objectives and red indicating serious flaws. Two departments also decreased from yellow to red.

In the score card, Office of Management and Budget officials evaluate agencies' current status and implementation progress in five areas: workforce management, competitive sourcing, financial performance, e-government, and budget and performance integration.

Within the e-government current-status column, yellow is the predominant color, with 12 agencies at yellow, eight at green and six at red. The area with the most red scores is financial performance.

The State and Labor departments have the highest overall ranking, with four green scores and five green progress scores.

In the progress portion of the score card, the number of decreasing scores outpaced the number of increases by eight. Overall, there were 19 decreases in progress scores. Decreases outpaced increases the most in e-government and budget and performance.

OMB was awarded the most score increases in the progress portion of the President's Management Agenda, going straight from red to green in human capital and competitive sourcing. The agency also increased its budget and performance progress score from red to yellow. OMB has been among the worst-ranked agencies in current status of agenda implementation, although not the absolute worst. The Smithsonian Institution has consistently occupied that position.

OMB officials update score card criteria once a year. Agency use of enterprise architecture by program managers will be added as a criterion later this year, Dick Burk, OMB's chief architect, said last week.

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David Perera is a special contributor to Defense Systems.

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