Empirical Performance Blog

Our blog offers the latest trends and best practices in financial management & accounting, risk mitigation, automation, data management, and finance & analytics technologies, as well as federal government news and updates in Federal financial management and compliance.

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Five Best Practices for Federal Agencies to Transition from a Traditional to Performance-Based Budget

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Traditionally, Federal agency CFO’s prepared budgets that demonstrate what each dollar will be used for (programs, staffing, technology, etc.). This does not ensure that the dollars appropriated will produce program or mission goals. Performance-based budgeting is critical for agencies to comply with regulations, ensure the proper stewardship of taxpayer dollars, and drive mission success. In theory, it makes sense. However, CFOs and their team struggle with performance-based budgeting due to many challenges.

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Improving Program Performance through Savvy Financial Management

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Given the proliferation of important transformational initiatives in the federal sector, as well as the continued challenges associated with uncertain budgetary resources, increasing workloads with less staff, and a rapidly changing operating environment, it is vital for agencies to employ savvy financial management approaches to ensure program performance is optimized and aligned with mission goals. Yet, many agencies continue to struggle with managing complex, large, and important programs.