In the summer of 2001, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced the President's Management Agenda (PMA), which is aimed at improving Federal government performance. The action, and the highly public scorecards of how agencies are performing on the five key PMA initiatives, builds on more than a decade of enabling legislation and regulatory mandates to create a renewed emphasis on performance - measured in such terms as financial integrity and stewardship, financial performance, cost effectiveness, program effectiveness and service to citizens. Based on our experience in business performance management (BPM) and on our research into the legislative and regulatory context for what we can call government performance management (GPM), it is clear that data/information integration will be an absolutely critical enabler of GPM and the PMA. Accordingly, the business analysis methods and data warehousing design and development methods that have been successfully employed in private industry to deploy business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing (DW) applications are extremely well-suited for GPM and for achieving specific PMA agenda items. That said, there are barriers to applying BI/DW in the Federal environment that must be overcome if we are to truly realize the potential of BI/DW to meet the challenges of the PMA and the mandates of key legislative and regulatory actions. If we can overcome these barriers, BI and DW methods and technologies can be substantial enablers of "Getting to Green."

The goal of improving government performance is certainly not new. For example, the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP) launched in 1948 continues to be a key driver. What is new is that BI/DW business analysis methods, technologies and development methods have matured and converged to the point that we can acquire, integrate and deploy a rich variety of performance management information and then integrate it into key business processes that make a difference to Federal government productivity, service to citizens and program effectiveness. To leverage BI/DW to get to green, we first need to understand what performance management information we need to integrate. Representative requirements from some of the key legislation and regulations are shown in Figure 1.

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