Performance Management

The Director for Administration and Management (DA&M) serves as the Performance Improvement Officer (PIO) for the Department of Defense (DoD). In this role, the PIO advises and assists the Deputy Secretary of Defense (DepSecDef) in her role as Chief Operating Officer (COO) to ensure that the mission and goals of the Department are achieved through strategic and performance planning, measurement and analysis, regular assessment of progress, and use of performance information to improve the results achieved. The DA&M also serves as the senior official for Defense Reform. 


Public Law 115-414, the “Good Accounting Obligation in Government Act” (GAO-IG Act), requires that all Federal agencies include, as part of their annual budget justification submission to Congress, a report listing all public Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations designated by GAO as “open” or “unimplemented,” and all public DoD Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommendations designated by DoD OIG as “open” for a period of not less than one year preceding the date on which the annual budget justification is submitted.  Click here to view the most recent Department of Defense response to the GAO-IG Act.


The PIO is responsible for the development of the Defense Department's Strategic Management Plan (SMP), Annual Performance Plan (APP), and Annual Performance Report (APR), pursuant to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 and the GPRA Modernization Act (GPRAMA) of 2010. The Plan and associated Report are both submitted as part of DoD's annual Congressional Justification/President's Budget request.  

Strategic Management Plan (SMP) FY2022-2026

The Strategic Management Plan (SMP) is defined and published every four years and presents the long-term objectives the DoD plans to accomplish. The SMP reflects the National Defense Strategy (NDS) and the Secretary of Defense’s management priorities by providing a framework for describing general and long-term goals, what actions the Department will take to realize those goals, and how DoD will address challenges and risks that may hinder achieving results. 

This plan also encompasses the Annual Performance Plan FY2024 and the Annual Performance Report FY2022:

Annual Performance Plan (APP) FY2024

The Annual Performance Plan defines the level of performance to be achieved during the fiscal year in which the plan is submitted and the next fiscal year. The APP must cover each program activity of the DoD set forth in the budget. 

Annual Performance Report (APR) FY2022

Performance Improvement Framework (PIF)

Per title 10, United States Code, section 125a, the Secretary of Defense is required to take such action as is necessary to reform the Department of Defense to improve the efficacy and efficiency of the Department, and to improve the ability of the Department to prioritize among and assess the costs and benefits of covered elements of reform.  Stepping away from a narrow focus on "Defense Reform," the DoD Performance Improvement Framework (PIF) takes a comprehensive approach spanning the continuum of change for improving the Department' s capabilities, organizations, and management processes, including initiatives that range from incremental improvements of existing programs to dramatic and transformational changes in how a mission or management function is delivered.  The DoD PIF provides a consistent methodology to define, identify, track and report on existing and planned opportunities for performance improvement across the Department, with particular emphasis on initiatives that contribute to implementation of the NDS and the SMP.