This report examines a federal performance budgeting initiative, the Performance Assessment Rating Tool, or PART, that was launched five years ago by the Office of Management and Budget. The report, published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government, examines PART from a practical standpoint: How have federal agencies dealt with the requirements of PART? What strategies have they employed to be successful? What challenges do they face? His report highlights four challenges that confront both agencies and OMB as they work to complete assessments of all 1,000 programs and describes approaches that agencies are taking to meet these challenges. The first challenge is for departments and agencies to organize for success. The second challenge of using PART is communicating accomplishments. The third is the challenge of developing suitable measures, and the fourth challenge is linking performance to outcomes.
PART success, PART failure
More programs can measure results, but improvement rare
John Gilmour is the Associate Director of the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy. He teaches The Political Environment and Budget Policy-Making in the Fall and Assessing Outcomes in Government Programs in the Spring.