HHS manages hundreds of programs that aim to improve health status, increase access to health services, and create opportunities for disadvantaged individuals to work and lead productive lives. HHS programs reach all Americans by providing health and social services, protecting public health, and funding biomedical research. The Strategic Plan defines the goals and objectives of the Department and is driven by the Department’s mission to enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering strong, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services. HHS also uses strategic planning, annual performance planning, and the annual budget process to identify policy and program priorities. The Strategic Plan, along with the Secretary’s 500-Day Plan, the Secretary’s Priorities,23 and the President’s Management Agenda,xlii provide the overarching framework for the Department’s operating and staff divisions to use on an annual basis to create an annual performance plan.
The HHS Annual Plan is the primary mechanism for implementing the Strategic Plan. The two planning documents are intertwined. The Strategic Plan sets broad, long-term objectives for the Department and describes principal implementation strategies for achieving the strategic objectives. The Annual Performance Plan sets specific annual goals for HHS programs and initiatives and relates these goals to the strategies and long-term objectives in the Strategic Plan. In so doing, the link between annual program activities and goals and the Strategic Plan is established.
To gauge program effectiveness, HHS uses performance indicators as a basis for comparing program results with established program performance goals. Each year, HHS tracks the performance indicators from this Strategic Plan in the HHS Annual Plan, which illustrates the Department’s progress in accomplishing its priorities and goals. HHS performance budgets annually track a broader set of performance indicators to measure progress on all Departmental programs and activities. The HHS performance budgets present the resource needs of HHS programs and identify the results that Americans can expect from their investment in these programs. The performance budgets state planned goals based on funding levels and also report on past achievements of all HHS programs.xliii
At the close of each fiscal year, HHS produces a Performance and Accountability Report (PAR), which incorporates performance results with audited financial statements for the year. The PAR highlights illustrative programs to report on HHS performance. Together, the Annual Plan and the PAR constitute an annual planning and reporting process for HHS programs. The performance indicators in the Strategic Plan will be reported on in the PAR so that progress in achieving goals is measured on an annual basis.
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