Obama Outlines PART Overhaul
In his 2010 budget proposal released this week, President Obama sketched a broad outline of the steps he plans to take in an effort to “fundamentally reconfigure” how the federal government assesses program performance.
One of the six cornerstones of the administration’s plan for improved government management and performance is replacing the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) with a new “performance improvement and analysis framework.”
Instead of grading individual programs as “successful” or “unsuccessful” Obama plans to ask agency leaders to set priority goals, demonstrate progress in achieving goals, and explain performance trends. As a first step, over the next few months each major agency will identify a limited set of high-priority goals that will guide meetings with cabinet officers. In his budget, Obama also said he wants to streamline reporting requirements under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).
To read the text of the budget proposal relating to government management, click here.
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