FY 2021 Annual Performance Plan and Report - Executive Summary

Fiscal Year 2021
Released March, 2020

Cross-Agency Priority Goals

Per the 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

The HHS FY 2020-2021 Agency Priority Goals (APGs) support multiple objectives across the HHS Strategic Plan. For presentation purposes, the Department has chosen to display these APGs under their most closely aligned strategic objectives. For more information on these goals, go to 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, while being accountable for achieving program outcomes. HHS regularly collects and analyzes performance data to inform decisions, to gauge meaningful progress towards objectives, 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 agency priority goals and conducting 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 enterprise risk management 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

GPRAMA aligned agency strategic planning cycles to presidential election cycles and administrative transitions. As a result, HHS's FY 2018–2022 Strategic Plan established a new set of strategic priorities that began in FY 2018. In 2019, HHS conducted our first Strategic Review of progress toward the achievement of each objective of the HHS Strategic Plan FY 2018-2022. This approach leveraged existing processes that support the ongoing collection of data and evidence across the enterprise. The performance measures provided here represent one piece of that broader collection of evidence. The description of each objective contains a categorization of progress reflective of the assessment of evidence provided by these processes and associated analyses. Per OMB Circular A-11, HHS has categorized 2 strategic objectives as making Noteworthy Progress, 16 as Progressing, and 2 as a Focus Areas for Improvement. Please refer to the individual goal sections below for additional information.

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. The organization of this report aligns with the strategic plan and the information in the report reflects results available at the end of FY 2019.

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