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Key Terms and Definitions

Strategic Goal

Strategic goals communicate OPM's efforts to address national problems, needs, challenges, and opportunities on behalf of the American people. This plan's four strategic goals articulate clear statements of what OPM aspires to achieve by executing its mission.

Strategic Objective

This plan's 20 strategic objectives are the primary units for strategic analysis and decision making. Strategic objectives reflect the outcome OPM seeks to achieve, and they specifically outline the results or direction OPM will work toward to make progress on its mission.


Strategies guide the actions that OPM will take to advance the related strategic objectives. These may include, but are not limited to, actions such as analysis of outliers, implementation of promising practices, process improvements, regulatory initiatives, legislative proposals, or guidance revisions.

Performance Measures

The measures are used to track progress toward achieving OPM's strategic objectives.

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