The Next Frontier in Government Accountability: Impact Reporting

Impact reporting tells the public in understandable terms what government has achieved, at what cost, and with what result.

This article, reproduced with the permission of the Association of Government Accountants, explores the concept of impact reporting, which integrates financial and programmatic information to increase transparency, accountability, and awareness of government performance, while enhancing efficiency and effectiveness.

The article provides eight actions to help federal agencies advance this concept toward streamlined and targeted reporting for greater accountability and transparency and use in everyday program management.