RESULTS OF THE FY 1999 BUDGET:
Survey of MAX Agency Users
Question 1 -- What improvements to the MAX software would you like to see?
MAX system improvements
-- An electronic help feature
-- Ability to enter print materials (e.g., galleys) using the MAX system
-- Ability to split the screen to view of different schedules or error messages and schedules
-- Add footnotes to the schedule lines that automatically load to other schedules
-- Incorporate "text table"
-- Ability to export/import exercise 40A&B to Lotus spreadsheets
-- Automate the credit supplements
-- Ability to print landscape on legal size paper
-- Collect data to the tenth of millions
-- Show rounding differences that may be errors not due to rounding
-- After downloading/uploading, display a message asking "Do you want to disconnect?"
-- When checking to see if an account is in balance include checking TSC data
-- Ability for the MAX system to go to the error field indicated in the Error Message
-- Error messages should state whether field is entered, formula, or protected
-- Grouping error messages by type
-- Error messages in simple language
-- Clarify the user fee data coding definitions
-- More information on MAX A-11 Treasury data
-- More information on outlay plans
-- Eliminate character classifications
-- More information about the characteristics of the receipt accounts such as type, mandatory/discretionary and merged
-- More information on trust funds
-- Display exhibits at the end of A-11
-- Include A-34, Exhibit 43E (p.121) in A-11
-- Access to reports provided to OMB Program Examiners
-- BEA Policy Report for all years
-- Appropriation Discrepancy List (print only the errors)
-- A report that compares MAX A-11 with OMB's scorekeeping table
Question 2 -- What features would you like developed in the MAX A-11 system?
|An additional interface||56||62||30||8||16|
|Import/Export multiple accounts||22||25||47||42||19|
|Save account as E-mail and Import E-mail accounts||6||19||34||61||33|
Question 3 -- What was your experience in logging-on/downloading /uploading your account?
|1 -- Very Good||84||44%|
|5 -- Terrible||12||6%|
Question 4A -- Did you find the MAX A-11 Home Page useful?
Question 4B-- What other types of information would you like to see on the MAX A-11 Home Page?
New items for MAX Home Page
-- MAX software
-- Q&A on MAX and tip on MAX
-- OA65 and OA63
-- Latest MAX version name and date in service
-- List of proposed MAX report changes
-- Name of office responsible for accounts
-- Training instructions materials
-- Tips & tricks for balancing accounts
-- Patch file
Links to OMB home page
-- Circular A-11
-- All edit checks with explanation
-- Lookup table for Agency and Bureau codes
-- List of A-11 changes proposed for 1998 revisions
-- More up-to-date information on budget schedule (passback, appeals)
-- Activities of MAX BOAC group
-- A glossary of terms, definitions, and information on sources of Treasury data presented in MAX A-11
Question 4C -- Would you like to be able to download and install the MAX A-11 software from
the MAX Home Page?
Question 5A-- Which class or classes did you take and did you find these training classes useful?
OMB Circular A-11 Review Class
Balancing an Account
Question 5 -- What other types of training classes would you like?
-- More training classes
-- Credit classes
-- Classes on how to developed outlay rate percentages over 3 or 5-year period
Question 6 -- How well did your training prepare you for using MAX?
Question 7 -- Did you find these reports useful?
Question 8 -- Please rate the technical help that you received from OMB staff.
Question 9 -- To what extent were OMB staff helpful in resolving conceptual problems with the
Question 10-- How useful was OMB Circular No A-11 (conceptually or technically) in
answering your questions?
Question 11-- Did you find that the data supplied by Treasury and the data supplied by your
accounting systems was complete?
Question 12A -- How did you connect with the OMB host?
|Windows 95 Dialer||26||14%|
|Windows NT Dialer (RAS)||5||3%|
Question 12B --If you were not able to use the Internet this past year, do you expect to use the
Internet for the next budget season.
ion 12C -- If you were unable to use the Internet this year, why?
|No telnet ability||3|
Question 13 -- What version of Windows do you plan to use next Budget Season?
|Windows NT 3.5.1||7||4%|
|Windows NT 4.0||36||20%|
Question 14 -- What type of Internet browser do you use?
|Microsoft Internet Explorer||67||37%|
Question 15 -- Other suggestions
-- Notification of system problems via E-mail
-- Late changes to the MAX system such as "Fund for America" changes should be handled by OMB
-- Start an on-line user's group so users can/discuss and problems, resolutions, and exchange information