Survey: Federal Managers Rank Operational Efficiency as Top Priority in 2013

Research Findings on Federal Managers' Priorities & Needed Tools Will Frame Excellence in Government Event in May

Jan 31, 2013, 09:40 ET from Government Executive Media Group

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sixty-six percent of federal managers see achieving operational efficiency as the most pressing management issue they face in 2013, according to a survey conducted by Excellence in Government, a division of Government Executive Media Group.

The study, which captures responses from 2,375 federal managers across civilian and defense agencies, contains new insights on how managers view their most urgent priorities and what capabilities or solutions they need to address them. This data is being used by the Excellence in Government editorial team to design the premier federal management event on May 13th - 14th in Washington, D.C.  For more information on the event, visit

Beyond operational efficiency, federal managers cite as their second priority the ability to leverage data for decision-making and program performance tracking. Also highly ranked are human capital challenges including cultivating the right staffing skill sets and improving workforce engagement.

"Federal managers see an urgent mandate to improve operational efficiency and have identified areas such as big data and workforce management as critical components to making it happen," said Bryan Klopack, program chair for Excellence in Government. "We are excited to have clear feedback on the tools and best practices they require and are building our event program around precisely those needs."

Due to heightened audience interest, Excellence in Government is expanding in 2013 to a 2-day event that will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. The event's mission is to provide current and rising federal leaders with the latest innovations, best practices and tools to overcome the most pressing challenges they are facing in improving the effectiveness of their programs and agencies.

Excellence in Government is unique in the federal market for its emphasis on actionable insights and best practices and attracts large audiences comprised mostly of senior federal leaders – over 82% of 2012 attendees were federal employees and 80% of those were at grade level GS-14 or higher. In addition to being the leading event for program managers, Excellence in Government attracts large contingents of federal managers across functional areas such as agency leadership, IT, operations and financial management.

"The call to transform government has never been clearer or more urgent," said Tim Hartman, President of Government Executive Media Group. "We are excited to expand Excellence in Government this May with a deeper program designed to help agency leaders and program managers meet the operational efficiency imperative and improve mission effectiveness."

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About Excellence in Government
Produced by Government Executive Media Group, Excellence in Government is the premier event for stakeholders in improving the effectiveness of government. This May, hundreds of federal managers will convene in Washington, D.C. to learn best practices, innovative solutions and leadership lessons for addressing the most pressing issues in key management areas such as program performance and workforce management. For more information, visit

About Government Executive Media Group
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