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OMB: Smithsonian Fails on President’s Management Agenda
The Smithsonian Institution has received failing grades on the President’s Management Agenda Scorecard in all five categories. The Smithsonian Institution explains that progress has been slow because the agency was not exploring best management practices prior to the start of PMA, and it does not have the same funding as larger agencies. The Smithsonian wonders why it is even included in the PMA.
“‘OMB and the Smithsonian concluded that it was consistent with the President's Management Agenda and it would serve the public well to include it, even though it's a smaller agency,’ said an OMB official.”
“‘We've always been red in outsourcing; that's just the nature of the Smithsonian,’ said St. Thomas, noting the agency's small size. The Smithsonian employs 6,000 people.”