and Performance Integration
of the five initiatives on the Presidents Management Agenda
is budget and performance integration. This initiative builds on
the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) and previous
efforts to identify program goals and performance measures and to
link them with the budget process. The FY 2003 Presidents
Budget was the first to include explicit assessments of program
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is currently refining and
improving this program assessment process in preparation for the
FY 2004 Budget Review. One of the elements of the improved assessment
process is the use of a common analytic tool the Program
Assessment Rating Tool (PART). OMB is testing an early version of
the PART on a selected group of programs during the Spring Review
process. OMB is also inviting comments on the PART and program selection
guidance from a wide range of interested parties inside and outside
of the Federal government. The elements of the Spring Review guidance
may be obtained by clicking on the appropriate heading below.
PART Worksheet Instructions (79k)
-- PART Questions and Selection Scoring worksheets for following
(Note: Both .pdf and Excel versions of these worksheets are available
for download. The .pdf files only contain the PART Questions and
Scoring worksheets. However, there are three spreadsheets in each
Excel file, the second of which is the PART Questions and Scoring
worksheet for that program type.)
Total Program Score Worksheet (51k)
on each element of the proposed assessment process or on the overall
process is invited and may be provided through the Internet at http://hydra.gsa.gov/survey/ombfeedback/
by clicking this underlined address. Visitors to this web site will
be prompted to answer the following questions on specific aspects
of the Spring Review guidance to assist OMB in compiling the feedback
results. However, general comments and recommendations will be accepted
of Program. There are many ways to define programs. At one
end, a program may be defined to cut cross several agencies, e.g.,
disaster response. At the other end, a program may be defined
as a particular activity within a larger set of activities, e.g.,
a single type of research grant. The draft definition of a program
seeks to define programs in ways that support assessments and
use of those assessments to make budget and management decisions.
you have recommendations on how programs should be defined (e.g.,
budget line items, activities that bundle together several line
Assessment Rating Tool (PART). The PART provides a common,
transparent approach to assessing programs and supporting recommendations
based on those assessments. The PART consists of a series of questions
intended to support the assessment of four key program characteristics:
program purpose/Federal role, strategic planning, program management,
and results. There is a unique PART for each of the seven major
types of Federal programs.
important program performance information not captured by the
PART? If so, how could it be captured?
the structure (separate sections for program purpose/Federal
role, strategic planning, management, and results) and emphasis
(score weighting) suited for capturing program effectiveness?
there specific changes in the questions you would recommend?
Assessment Process. There may be other aspects of the proposed
assessment approach on which you wish to comment and you are invited
to do so. In particular, however, we would like your input on:
should program effectiveness ratings be used to support budget
and management recommendations?