Comments of Others

John Mercer is widely known as the father of GPRA. We appreciate your participation today.

Hon. Todd R. Platts, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Efficiency and Financial Management – March 31, 2004


Mr. Mercer … as the father of GPRA, you provided the audience with valuable and insightful guidance as to how the act should be used to better government.

Richard Armey, House Majority Leader – April 16, 1996


John Mercer, former counsel to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee and so-called father of the Government Performance and Results Act …

Government Computer News – November 2, 2001


Mercer relentlessly plugged ‘performance-based budgeting – Sunnyvale’s unique contribution to government – from practically his first day in Washington …

San Jose Mercury News – August 5, 1993


Mercer pioneered spending/performance tie.

Federal Computer Week – December 10, 2001


[G]ood-government guru … Mercer is … considered by many a foremost expert on performance-based budgeting.

Federal Times – April 9, 2001


… John Mercer, now Republican counsel to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. He helped make ‘outcomes-based budgeting’ the basis of the Government Performance and Results Act …

New York Newsday – September 11, 1993


… John Mercer, the former counsel to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee widely considered the architect of GPRA.

Government Computer News – April 17, 2000


John Mercer, a former counsel to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee who wrote the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) …

Government Executive Magazine – May 18, 2001


… John E. Mercer, a former mayor of Sunnyvale, Calif., a city that pioneered the idea of measuring quantity, quality and cost of service.

Washington Post – February 3, 1994



Additional biographical information is provided on the About John Mercer page and the News Media Coverage page.