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News Release

Thursday, June 17, 2004
Contact: Edmund Byrnes
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Director Kay Coles James Honors Employees for "Getting to Green"

Applauds those who are making President Bush's management agenda a reality

Washington, D.C. - During a ceremony held in its auditorium, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management recognized its employees for helping the agency achieve "greens" on the President's Management Agenda (PMA) scorecard.

"I am extremely proud of OPM and its employees," said OPM Director Kay Coles James. "It's because of your hard work that we are achieving President George W. Bush's vision of a federal government that is quick to meet the needs of the American people. You are achieving real, measurable results."

The President's Management Agenda Recognition Ceremony held on Wednesday, June 16, highlighted OPM's recent success in "getting to green" on two PMA Initiatives, E-Government and Competitive Sourcing, as well as green progress scores on all scorecard elements.

James has been clear that a green score does not mean an agency is perfect, nor does it mean that every problem has been solved. "Earning a green status score indicates that an agency has demonstrated a commitment to plan and take the actions necessary to improve the conditions of their workforce - present and future. Perhaps most importantly, however, earning a green score means that an agency is not afraid to seek out problems, acknowledge their existence and make an honest and transparent effort to resolve them."

"By earning green scores on PMA initiatives, OPM's work force is demonstrating that it can handle whatever challenge it is given," said James. "However, we must continue to be diligent, doing whatever we must to meet the needs of this great Nation."

The scorecard is significant because it is used to assess an agency's implementation of the PMA. It is divided into two categories: one for the current status of meeting the PMA's management goals, and the other for progress in meeting those management goals. Both status and progress scores illustrate the dedication of federal employees to openly identify problems and opportunities and to work closely to implement changes and achieve measurable results.

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