Performance Partnership Pilots & Administrative Flexibility

In February 2011, President Obama released a Presidential Memorandum on Administrative Flexibility, charging all agencies with aligning administrative and regulatory requirements to allow States, localities, or tribes to target funds toward coordinated efforts to achieve specific outcomes within a specific geographic community. As articulated in the guidance the White House Office of Management and Budget sent to federal agencies, the goal is not "flexibility for flexibility's sake"; it is to provide flexibility when it will enable State and local governments to focus more attention and resources on efforts that will improve outcomes. 

As part of the Forum's June 2011 Children’s Cabinet Symposium, the Forum brought a delegation of state children’s cabinet directors to meet with senior officials from the White House Office of Management and Budget and federal agencies to learn about the administrative flexiblity work. The Forum then, working closely with state children's cabinets, issued a series of papers detailing specific areas where greater flexibility is needed:

Beginning in 2012 when the President's budget first included a request for the Performance Partnership Pilots, the Forum has worked across party lines to line up support for the performance partnership pilots legislation, leading to its successful enactment in 2014.
Beginning in 2013, the Forum began a policy alignment initiative connecting two counties, four states and federal agencies to identify policy barriers blocking successful collaboration, and ways to remove the barriers using existing administrative authority.
With the passage of the Performance Partnership Pilots in the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, the Forum has shifted to focus on supporting the successful implementation of the pilots. Though these pilots will provide an unprecedented opportunity for policy flexibility, applying for and executing the pilots will be a complex undertaking for communities. The Forum and our partners are working to provide the support outside of government, to be coupled with the new flexibility inside of government, to help communities develop strong applications and to ensure that the sites, once they are selected, ultimately reach their full potential.

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This overview and the timeline below tracks the development of this work since 2011.

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Publishing Date: 
August 10, 2011
Forum Letter to OMB on Administrative Flexibility53.51 KB
Forum Recommendations on Administrative Flexibility169.04 KB
Forum Recommendations for Administrative Flexibility for Disconnected Youth145.27 KB
Barriers to Serving Youth in Multiple Systems158.98 KB
Barriers to Serving Youth in Residential Care116.15 KB
Overview of the Performance Partnership Pilot Legislation and the Work Leading Up to It409.9 KB
Performance Partnership Pilots Legislation307.14 KB
Webinar: Discussion on Performance Partnership Pilots March 6, 20141.12 MB
Performance Partnership Pilots95.5 KB
ED Congressional Justification for Performance Partnership Pilots - FY2015 Budget174.94 KB
Federal Consultation Paper on P3173.86 KB
Federal P3 FAQs181.37 KB
Language for Performance Partnership Pilots in FY15 CJS Report296.8 KB
Pilot Development Worksheet109.24 KB