CHAPTER 5 Table 5.1 The SEE Framework
PRODUCTS & SERVICES SEE PHASE PURPOSE RESPONSIBLE PARTY

DOC & NOAA Strategic Plans

Strategy

Provides strategic direction for the Department of Commerce and NOAA.

NOAA Administrator, OCFO/PRSS, Core Teams

Annual Guidance Memorandum (AGM)

Strategy

Focuses planning on strategic priorities (for out-year and next year’s budget); identifies fiscal constraints.

NOAA Administrator, OCFO/PRSS

Annual Strategy Council Guidance Memos (after AGM is issued)

Strategy

Guides implementation and future planning. Provides avenue for political leadership to review, evaluate and rebalance their portfolio and provide input via SEE process.

Assistant Secretaries & Chief Scientist

Line & Staff Office Strategic Plans

Strategy

Provides more detailed strategic direction for NOAA’s line & staff offices.

Core Teams

Line & Staff Office Annual Operating Plans (AOPs) (multi-year with out-year targets)

Strategy

States how LOs and SOs will execute and evaluate annual appropriation.

Core Teams, OCFO/PRSS review

Strategic Budget Prioritization

Strategy

Streamlines budget proposal process by using pre-proposals which the political leadership team reviews and culls before the next review stage proceeds.

Political Leadership, OCFO/PRSS, Core Teams

Performance Measure Review & Improvement

Strategy

Assess the balance of outputs to outcomes and whether performance measures are clear, measurable and meaningful.

OCFO/PRSS, Core Teams

Annual Performance Plan and Report

Strategy

Report progress made on GPRAMA measures to OMB.

OCFO/PRSS, Core Teams

NOAA Budget Formulation

Strategy

Justifies NOAA funding request to DOC, OMB, Congress; describes performance measurements and targets.

OCFO/NBO, LO & SO CFOs

Spend & Acquisition Plans

Strategy

Outlines spending and acquisition strategies.

OCFO/NBO, LO & SO CFOs

Core Teams

Execution

Formalized and composed of the AA, DAA, CFO, and Strategy Lead.

AAs, DAAs, CFOs, Strategy Leads

NOAA Budget Execution

Execution

Executes spend & acquisition plans relative to budget allocation.

OCFO/NBO, LO & SO CFOs

Strategic Plan Results & Implementation Reviews

Execution

Reviews performance results for DOC action plans and agency priority goals.

NOAA Administrator & Executive management team

NOAA Performance Reviews (NEP/ Quarterly)

Execution

Provides an operational forum to flag and address highlights, challenges, risks, and areas for further evaluation in a corporate way.

OCFO/PRSS, Core Teams

Bottom-Up Budget Review (BUR)

Execution

Tracks spending in a consistent way, flags financial management issues, and ensures that the identified thematic topic areas of spending reported in the BUR are illustrative of each organization’s portfolio. This is reviewed against the performance measures inventory.

OCFO/BEX, LO & SO CFOs

Line & Staff Office Performance Reviews

Execution

Monitors progress towards planned performance (i.e., AOP/APPR/spend & acquisition plans, etc)

Line or Staff Offices

Mid & End of Year Reviews

Execution

Check performance against plan levels.

Line & Staff Offices report to DUS/O via NEP

Program Management Council (PMC)

Execution

Conduct corporate evaluations as specific issues arise.

DUS/O, OCFO/PRSS, LO & SO program managers

DOC-Annual Strategic Review

Evaluation

Assess progress against priority NOAA objectives.

DOC/OPERM, NOAA/ UNSEC, OCFO/ PRSS, Core Teams

Mandated Evaluations

Evaluation

Report to Congress on status/progress of a program.

Various (Secretary of Commerce, NOAA Administrator, Assistant Administrators)

Discretionary Evaluations

Evaluation

Assess key management challenges.

Various levels (DOC/NOAA/Line Office/Program)

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