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Chapter IV Preliminary 2003 Annual Performance Plan
 


This chapter responds to the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 by providing the preliminary FY2003 Annual Performance Plan of the United States Postal Service. The final FY2003 Performance Plan will be published as a separate document at the completion of the annual planning cycle in September.

A. Introduction

    1. Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Requirements
Congress created a statutory requirement for government agencies to identify, measure and disclose outcome and performance data for public programs. The purpose of the law is to improve the accountability of agencies for delivering results. The law requires agencies to publish long range strategic plans1, annual performance plans and annual performance reports.


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TABLE 4.1 GPRA REQUIREMENTS FOR AGENCY PERFORMANCE PLANS
  Requirement
1. Establish Performance Goals
2. Express goals in objective, quantifiable and measurable form
3. Briefly describe the operational processes, skills, and the technological, human capital, information, or other resources required to achieve performance goals
4. Establish performance indicators to be used in measuring or assessing the relevant outputs, service levels, and outcomes
5. Provide a basis for comparing actual program results with the established performance goals
6. Describe the means to be used to verify and validate measured values
  The General Accounting Office (GAO) has provided additional guidelines as follows:
7. Provide detailed explanations when goals, indicators, or targets are changed
8. Provide clear criteria, including baseline data, for measuring progress toward achieving targets
9. Include complete descriptions of strategies to accomplish stated goals
10. Update information to reflect known or anticipated changes

1 The most recent USPS Five-Year Plan, 2001-2005, was published in September 2000.



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