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Robert Shea


Grant Thornton LLP

(Former Associate Director for Administration and Government Performance, OMB) 

Mr. Shea is a Principal in Grant Thornton Public Sector, with over 20 years of federal government experience. He leads the Public Sector’s strategy and communications team and is a member of the Performance Transformation Team, where he leads performance improvement engagements for federal, state & local, and international clients. He was recently appointed to the statutorily created Commission on Evidence-based. He is a Fellow and former Chair of the National Academy of Public Administration.


Mr. Shea joined Grant Thornton from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, where he was Associate Director for Administration and Government Performance. In addition to managing OMB’s internal operations, he led the President’s Performance Improvement Initiative and administered the Program Assessment Rating Tool. Before joining OMB, Mr. Shea served as Counsel to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs (currently the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs) where, in addition to general oversight of Executive Branch management, he advised Committee leadership on the status of implementation of the statutory framework for performance-based government, including the Government Performance and Results Act and the Chief Financial Officers Act. He was Legislative Director for Congressman Pete Sessions (TX) from 1997 to 1999, where he organized the Results Caucus, a group of Members of Congress dedicated to results-based management and solving many of the government’s major management problems. Mr. Shea was a Professional Staff Member with the House Committee on Government Reform from 1995 through 1996.  There he had responsibility for examining the economy and efficiency of government programs, and acted as liaison with the government’s Inspectors General. 

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