FY 2020 Annual Performance Plan and Report - Executive Summary

Fiscal Year 2020
Released March, 2019

Cross-Agency Priority Goals

Per the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act (GPRAMA) requirement to address Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals in the agency strategic plan, the annual performance plan, and the annual performance report, please refer to www.Performance.gov for the agency’s contributions to those goals and progress, where applicable. 

Agency Priority Goals

Information on the HHS Agency Priority Goals can be found at: www.Performance.gov.  

Strategic Goals Overview

The Department has developed the HHS Strategic Plan FY 2018-2022.  The HHS Strategic Plan FY 2018-2022 identifies 5 strategic goals and 20 strategic objectives.  The full HHS Strategic Plan FY 2018-2022 is located at: (https://www.hhs.gov/about/strategic-plan/index.html).  The five strategic goals are:

Goal 1:  Reform, Strengthen, and Modernize the Nation’s Health Care System.

Goal 2:  Protect the Health of Americans Where They Live, Learn, Work, and Play.

Goal 3:  Strengthen the Economic and Social Well-Being of Americans across the Lifespan.

Goal 4:  Foster Sound, Sustained Advances in the Sciences.

Goal 5:  Promote Effective and Efficient Management and Stewardship

Performance Management

Performance goals and measures are powerful tools to advance an effective, efficient, and productive government.  HHS regularly collects and analyzes performance data to inform decisions, to achieve meaningful progress, and to identify more cost-efficient ways to achieve results.  Responding to opportunities afforded by GPRAMA, HHS continues to institute significant improvements in performance management, including:

  • Developing, analyzing, reporting, and managing priority goals and conducting quarterly performance reviews between HHS component staff and HHS leadership to monitor progress towards achieving key performance objectives.
  • Conducting the Strategic Reviews process to support decision-making and performance improvement across the Department.
  • Overseeing performance measurement, budgeting, strategic planning, and program integrity activities within the Department.
  • Fostering a network of component Performance Officers who support, coordinate, and implement performance management efforts across HHS.
  • Sharing best practices in performance management at HHS through webinars and other media. 

Strategic Review

The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 aligned agency strategic planning cycles to Presidential election cycles and Administration transitions.  As a result, HHS’s FY 2018–2022 Strategic Plan established a new set of strategic priorities that began in FY 2018, making the necessary retrospective evidence from FY 2017 unavailable to agency leadership to conduct a review of progress against the agency’s updated strategic objectives.  Therefore, HHS was unable to categorize the strategic objectives as making Noteworthy Progress, Progressing, or a Focus Area for Improvement, which is the normal result of a strategic review.  In place of a review of progress, HHS established a baseline of evidence for the FY 2018–2022 Strategic Plan to inform future strategic reviews.  The agency’s Annual Performance Report instead focuses on reporting the results of progress made and accomplishments achieved against performance goals.  Strategic review summaries and categorizations of progress accompanying HHS’s strategic objective descriptions will be reported in future agency Annual Performance Reports.

Annual Performance Plan and Report

The Annual Performance Plan and Report provides information on the Department’s progress towards achieving the goals and objectives described in the HHS Strategic Plan FY 2018 – 2022.  This report is organized according to that strategic plan and the information in the report reflects results available at the end of FY 2018. 


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