NIH Performance Reporting

The Office of Program Evaluation and Performance supports activities related to NIH-level organizational performance assessments, including the coordination and preparation of the NIH portion of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Annual Performance Plan/Report for GPRA.


The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) is a public bipartisan law passed by Congress in 1993 (Public Law 103-62) to improve stewardship in the federal government by linking resources and management decisions with program performance. The law requires Federal executive departments and independent agencies to do the following:

  • Develop strategic plans that specify what will be accomplished over a 3 to 5 year period
  • Annually set performance targets related to the strategic plan
  • Annually report the degree to which the targets set in the previous year were met
  • Regularly conduct evaluations of programs and use the results to identify successes and failures based on performance data

GPRA Modernization Act of 2010

On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-352). This Act modifies GPRA processes and products and introduces the following new requirements:

  1. A Federal Government Performance Plan with Priority and Performance Goals

  2. Position Classifications, Performance Management Skills, and Competencies

  3. Quarterly Progress Reviews with the OMB

  4. Transparency in Government by the establishment of

  5. Measures to reduce duplicative and outdated reports

NIH Approach to GPRA Reporting

NIH's response to GPRA is embodied in three major reporting activities:

  1. NIH Budget Request (also known as the President’s Budget (PB) or Congressional Justification (CJ)) – NIH’s performance measures can be found in the Key Outputs and Outcomes table. To view this table in the most recent NIH budget request, visit (click on the "Overall Appropriations" link in the right column, then scroll down to the table, which starts on page 75).                                                                                      
    Prior to the FY 2012 budget request, NIH published an annual Online Performance Appendix (OPA) that described agency performance in more detail.   View Archive - Performance GPRA

  2. HHS Annual Performance Plan/Report – This Plan/Report features a representative set of performance measures, contributed by Operating and Staff Divisions, that reflects HHS's goals and priorities. To view the most recent performance information, visit

  3. HHS Strategic Plan – NIH participates in the development and periodic updates of a department-wide, multi-year Strategic Plan prepared by HHS. Visit to view the HHS Strategic Plan FY 2022-2026. In accordance with the GPRA Modernization Act, HHS will publish a new plan in early February 2022. 


Below are some useful links to information on program budget and resource allocation:

NIH Budget Request & Congressional Justification

HHS Budget and Performance Information

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