January 14, 2003
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
Program performance assessments developed using the program assessment
rating tool (PART) are an integral component of the President’s
budget. Agencies have dedicated considerable time and effort to develop
program effectiveness and accountability ratings using the PART. This
rating process generated a great deal of interesting and useful information.
OMB and Agencies conducted assessments on over 20 percent of Federal programs
and in many cases these assessments helped inform budget decisions. The
FY 2004 Budget will include the results of these ratings and the detailed
ratings will be available to the public on the OMB website.
To ensure the best available information is included in program justifications
sent to the Congress, summaries of completed PARTs and their relation
to the Administration’s proposals should now be incorporated into
the rationale for the budget request for all pertinent activities. In
particular, they should be incorporated into your agency’s Congressional
justification materials. Performance information should enhance the Congressional
Justifications without overwhelming the reader. And, this addition to
the Congressional Justification will also provide agency performance data
in a single document to the Congress.
We appreciate the work that has gone in to developing program ratings
and the effort to further incorporate performance information in the allocation
of resources. Please contact your OMB representative if you have any questions.
|Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) – Presentation in Congressional