FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2008
Contact: OMB Communications, 202-395-7254
Annual PART Release Improves Transparency and Accountability
OMB Adds Detailed Plans to Address GAO High Risk Issues to ExpectMore.gov
Washington, DC — The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today released the annual Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) results for Federal agencies. New this year, agencies have added summary and detailed plans of how they are addressing the GAO High Risk issues. To further increase transparency and create a web archive of ExpectMore.gov, this release also offers a zip file of all the html scripts so that the information can be mirrored on other sites. The most recent PART results and assessment scores can be found at: www.ExpectMore.gov.
More than 1000 programs (or 98 percent of the budget), accounting for $2.6 trillion dollars in Federal spending, have now been assessed. The latest reviews show 80 percent of programs scored are considered "Performing", meaning rated “Effective”, “Moderately Effective”, or “Adequate”. Of the 67 programs reassessed or assessed for the first time this year, 78 percent were rated as performing.
"For the past seven years, OMB and Federal agencies have done a tremendous job at assessing how well programs are working and where we fall short,” said OMB AssociateDirector for OMB Administration and Government Performance Robert Shea. “Each program has a plan to improve its performance with specific actions that are available online. We have collected over 5,000 performance measures, 4,462 improvement actions, and programs are on a clear path to improving. The information on ExpectMore.gov should serve as a baseline and beginning for the next Administration as they continue to review the performance of Federal programs."
ExpectMore.gov provides a comprehensive picture of government spending, from funding amounts to reviews of programs.