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Performance Improvement Council

The Performance Improvement Council (PIC) is the heartbeat of government performance management. The PIC shares best practices and builds capacity across the federal government to help agencies set, plan and achieve priorities for the American Public.

About the Council

The Performance Improvement Council (PIC), an government-wide body that supports cross-agency collaboration and best practice sharing, was established under Executive Order 13450 in 2007 and codified in law under the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. The PIC is chaired by the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget within the Executive Office of the President. The membership of the PIC includes Performance Improvement Officers (PIOs) and associated staff from federal agencies. The Council meets regularly and convenes a number of government-wide working groups to foster dialogue and best practice sharing among agencies.

Members of the Performance Improvement Council

Government Performance and Results Modernization Act (GPRMA) established the role of the Performance Improvement Officer (PIO) to formally designate one senior official at each large agency who has broad influence across an organization to improve its performance. Each PIO reports directly to their agency's Chief Operating Officer, who is typically the agency Deputy Secretary. PIOs advise and assist agency leadership to ensure that the mission and goals of the agency are achieved through strategic planning, measurement, analysis, regular assessment of progress, and the use of data to improve results.

The Council’s primary responsibilities are to:

  • Assist OMB in improving the performance of the federal government
  • Resolve cross-cutting performance issues
  • Facilitate the sharing of effective performance practices across federal government
  • Expand and deepen performance improvement capabilities within the federal workforce
  • Foster the adoption of performance improvement practices from the private sector, non-profit organizations, and state and local governments
  • Streamline performance management processes

Meet The Officers

Role of the PIO

The GPRA Modernization Act requires agency heads to name a PIO who is a senior executive reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Agency PIOs are expected to advise and assist the agency leadership by playing the following roles within their agencies:

Support the agency head and COO in leading agency efforts to set goals, make results transparent, review progress and make course corrections by:

  • advising and assisting organizational components in strategic and performance planning to advance the agency’s mission
  • supporting frequent data-driven reviews to learn from experience, analyses, evaluations, and to decide next steps to improve program performance
  • communicating goals, progress, and challenges including quarterly reporting of progress on agency priorities

Reach out to other agency offices to improve operational effectiveness and communication of organizational performance which includes:

  • working with Chief Human Capital Officer and other agency managers in aligning personnel performance planning with agency goals and priorities
  • working with CIOs and CAOs to assure agency capital investments advance organizational goals set forth in strategic and annual plans
  • working with CFOs to evaluate efficient use of resources across all agency activities and to incorporate performance information in agency budgets

Help component offices, program office leaders and goal leaders to identify and promote adoption of effective practices to improve outcomes, responsiveness and efficiency, by supporting them in:

  • selecting meaningful goals and indicators, designating goal leaders, collecting and promoting adoption of increasingly effective practices
  • preparing for and running effective data-driven reviews
  • communicating performance goals, indicators, analyses and results
  • managing risks to performance goals and objectives


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Peter Warren

Associate Director for Performance & Personnel Management