Public Input Sought for Agency Strategic Plan and Agency Reform Plan

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SUMMARY: NCD welcomes public input into its five-year agency strategic plan as well as its agency reform plan for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) between now and Monday, August 28, 2017.
 
OVERVIEW: Federal agencies have until the middle of September to write and submit their strategic plans and agency reform plans.

The five-year agency strategic plan is intended to define the agency mission, long-term goals, strategies the agency has planned, and various approaches it plans to use to monitor its progress in addressing national problems and opportunities related to its mission. NCD's current strategic plan can be viewed at: https://ncd.gov/Accountability/strategicplan. The requirements for the agency's strategic plan are set forth by OMB at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/omb/assets/a11_current_year/s230.pdf.

The agency reform plan is an outgrowth of the President's "Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch," which directs OMB to submit a comprehensive plan to reorganize executive branch departments and agencies. As a result, all executive branch agencies, including NCD, must submit agency reform plans that identify ways to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the agency. The requirements for the agency reform plan are set forth by OMB at:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/omb/memoranda/2017/M-17-22.pdf.

PUBLIC INPUT OPPORTUNITY: NCD is in the process of pulling together content for the five-year NCD strategic plan as well as the agency reform plan, which is why we are soliciting input from the community on both documents at our upcoming quarterly meeting, this Thursday, August 24, in Washington, DC, from 3:45 - 4:15 PM Eastern. In addition to in-person or called-in comments, we welcome written ideas emailed to us at PublicComment@ncd.gov. Although we are glad to receive any public input on these documents, we are particularly interested in receiving ideas for strategic goals and objectives for the strategic plan; and ideas that would help NCD improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the agency, for the agency reform plan. For more information on NCD's statutory duties and mission, NCD's authorizing statute is available to view at: https://ncd.gov/about/authorizing-statute.

PUBLIC COMMENT REGISTRATION: We ask that you please register to provide public comment on the agency strategic plan or agency reform plan, either in-person or by phone at the August 24, 2017 quarterly meeting by close of business on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Due to time constraints, comments must be limited to three minutes so the Council can hear from as many people as possible. Priority will be given to those individuals who are in-person. Those commenters on the phone will be called on per the list of those registered via email.  In addition to comments provided by phone, comments received via email—including comments by those who cannot participate in-person or by phone —will be shared with council members and staff following the meeting. 

To register to provide public comment, please send an email to PublicComment@ncd.gov with the subject line “Public Comment” with the following information included in the body of the email message:
1.  Name
2.  Organization
3.  City, State, and;
4.  Topic or issues being addressed

LOCATION: This Thursday's NCD quarterly meeting will be in Washington, DC at the Access Board conference room, 1331 F Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004, Interested parties are encouraged to join in person or by phone in a listening-only capacity (other than during the public comment session as noted below). More information on the entire board meeting is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/10/2017-16970/sunshine-act-meetings.

CALL-IN INFORMATION: 1-888-452-4030; Conference ID: 1255123; Conference Title: NCD Meeting; Host Name: Clyde Terry

ACCOMMODATIONS: A CART streamtext link has been arranged for this meeting. The web link to access CART on for both days is: https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=NCD. Sign language interpreters will be present at the meeting, as well.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anne Sommers, NCD, 1331 F Street NW., Suite 850, Washington, DC 20004; 202-272-2004 (V), 202-272-2074 (TTY) or write: PublicComment@ncd.gov

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