February 4, 2004

Performance Budgeting and the Use of the Office of Management and Budget's Program Assessment Rating Tool

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In this testimony, Maurice McTigue states that it is very appropriate that at this point in the reform process begun in 1993 by the Government Performance and Results Act that a tool like the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) be introduced. Unless the results information required and produced by GPRA is used to influence budget decision-making, GPRA has just been a paper exercise. However, it is also important that some basic principles surrounding the PART process be understood, accepted and used as a basis for the development and implementation of PART. The PART is a tool that can be significantly improved over time and its purpose is to give better information to decision-makers so that precious dollars are only invested in those programs that are likely to achieve the desired outcome.