The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Modernization Act and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) require that agencies report on their performance at the end of each fiscal year. Historically, Interior combined its annual performance report with the agency financial report in a document known as the Performance and Accountability Report (PAR). Beginning in FY2009, Interior decided to create a separate Agency Financial Report (AFR) and Annual Performance Report (APR).  This approach was followed for performance reporting for fiscal years 2009 and 2010.

Beginning with the 2011 Annual Performance Report andthe 2012/2013 Annual Performance Plan, to take advantage of the opportunity to relate prior year performance with plans for the current year and budget year, the Annual Performance Report and Annual Performance Plan were combined into a single Annual Performance Plan and Report. Thus, the APP&R provides a holistic presentation of recent accomplishments, plans for programs underway in the current year, and a budget year plan that ties to the President's budget request. This document provides a comprehensive view of performance for all Departmental entities in a manner that allows an understandig of the integrated nature of operations to achieve the Department's performance goals.  The APP&R presents the performance targets for the upcoming year and the budget year; resources allocated; program contributions; challenges and risks; and finer level performance measures and milestones that support the Strategic Plan goals.