The Service developed performance goals for its first annual performance plan to relate directly with its long-term goals. The FY 1999 annual performance goals represent a significant step towards meeting the long-term goals set out in the five-year strategic plan. The Service will use this revised strategic plan as a basis for developing annual performance goals for its second annual performance plan for FY 2000.

Each of the long-term goals has a performance target. The associated annual performance goals for each of the long-term goals is either:

Assessing the Results

The final section of the five year strategic plan addresses the Service's approach to evaluating its progress and reporting its results in achieving the long-term goals presented in this document. The reporting process will support the Service's managers in assessing our results and making informed decisions about the priorities and direction of programs. The Service is committed to meeting reporting processes under GPRA and allows for the assessment of its successes in accomplishing its long-term and annual performance goals.

Annual Performance Reporting Process

The annual performance reporting process will track progress the Service is making toward the results it is committing to achieving in its strategic plan. The annual assessment will include an evaluation of the relationships between Service actions, program activities, their results and the strategies used to achieve those results. Annual performance reporting will help the Service determine if specific strategies worked well, or if progress is being made toward achieving its long-term goals. If progress in achieving the Service long-term goals is not being made, it will indicate a need to change strategies to better achieve targeted results.

Long-Term Goals

Achievement of long-term goals is reported incrementally through the annual performance reporting process. At the present time the Service has incorporated the annual performance report for the past year's results with the upcoming year's annual performance plan. The Service's long-term goals identify quantifiable targets. These targets can be used to develop the annual performance plans which are then incorporated into specific field work guidance. All baselines are measured from FY 1997. This enables the Service to efficiently and effectively use its resources to accomplish its long-term goals.

Linking Cross-Agency Long-Term Goals and Measures

The Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for the protection and conservation of the nation's fish and wildlife resources, recognizes the importance of partnerships with others in order to fulfill this mission. It is through these partnerships that conservation of resources can occur. Communities and individuals have demonstrated the desire and commitment to conserve and protect their natural resources. It is through a collaborative approach to conservation that the Fish and Wildlife Service can realize the accomplishment of the strategic plan's long-term performance goals outlined in this document. The long-term performance goals create a structure to involve more people and partnerships in shaping natural resource management. This dialogue can begin with the development of joint performance goals with other federal agencies concerned with natural resource management issues. The Fish and Wildlife Service plays an important role in conservation and protection of fish and wildlife resources. However, no single government agency or collection of agencies is sufficient nor can take the place of partnerships that protect natural resources and ecological integrity.

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