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Monday, November 28, 2005

Federal Times - A fresh approach to program assessment

For Rep. Todd Platts, R-Pa., making sure taxpayers get the best value for their dollar isn?t just his job, it?s a personal quest.

Today, Platts wants the federal government to ask the same question when considering the hundreds of programs it funds every year. As chairman of the House Government Reform subcommittee on government management, finance and accountability, he introduced HR 185, the Program Assessment and Results (PAR) Act, for the second time this legislative session. The bill would put into statute rigorous, evidence-based assessment of all programs every five fiscal years.

While this may sound like it duplicates the Bush administration's Program Assessment Rating Tool, Platts' aim is not to codify PART or any other specific process for conducting the reviews. Instead, he wants to make sure the discipline of regular program reviews becomes a permanent part of the way the government does business.

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