Robert Shea


Robert is a Principal and a member of the Performance Transformation Team and leads its performance management offerings for Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector. Both from his time with the U.S. Congress and at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Robert has documented, designed, and implemented solutions to government’s greatest major management challenges. He has led a number of performance management engagements, including at the United States Departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the United States National Endowment for the Arts. Before joining Grant Thornton, Robert worked at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget as Associate Director for Administration and Government Performance. In addition to managing OMB’s internal operations, Robert led the President’s Performance Improvement Initiative and administered the Program Assessment Rating Tool, which was used to assess and improve all U.S. Federal Government programs. He was also responsible for managing implementation of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, which required public posting of federal financial transactions on USASpending.gov. Before joining OMB, Robert served as Counsel to the Senate Committee on 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. Robert 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.