I hate to think how much of the taxpayers' money has been wasted on the multiple versions of the site as each adminstration threw out the previous adminstration's site and started over, focusing on the appearance of the site (to make the adminstration look good) rather than standardizing the data (so that performance -- good, bad, and indifferent -- can easily be evaluated). Those costs are not addressed in their FAQ: https://www.performance.gov/about/faq/
One of the good things about the latest version is that they now at least provide links to the previous versions in the Archives section at the bottom of the home page
. However, that doesn't allow for tracking of performance on objectives across adminstrations, and until agencies comply with section 10 of GPRAMA, getting data into the Performance.gov site will be more cumbersome and costly than it should be.
A related issue is whether and, if so, when governmentwide performance data will be made available through the Data.gov
site so that others can add value to it for specialized communities of interest.
To further hightlight the problem (and the potential) the only reference to "performance" on Data.gov's strategy page is in a link to GSA's performance reports at the bottom of the page, and I doubt that either the Data.gov strategy or any of GSA's performance reports are available in an open, standard, machine-readable format... which means I'll need to consider whether it might be worth my time and trouble to do it for them.
Along with improved query services, demonstrating that *all* .gov goals and objectives (not just the so-called "priority" objectives) can automatically be included is a key point that I want to demonstrate. All that is required is for federal agencies to comply with the law, i.e., sec. 10 of GPRAMA (and for State and local agencies to publish their plans and reports in standard, machine-readable format simply because that is good practice, in the public interest).
The bottom line is that, while the Performance.gov site is being enhanced and does now provide useful data for those committed enough to spend some time to find it, improvement is always possible ... and there is still lots of room for that.