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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

OMB program assessments viewed as flawed budget tool

"The Bush administration's annual evaluations of federal programs are good for improving management, but problematic for budgeting because they fail to take into account congressional intent and can be politicized in ways that can harm the review process, a legislative staffer said Tuesday.

The reviews, conducted each year with the Program Assessment Rating Tool questionnaire, are a valuable management tool, as 75 percent to 80 percent of the recommendations made are management-related, said Mike Hettinger, staff director for the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Finance and Accountability, at a conference hosted by the Performance Institute, an Arlington, Va.-based think tank. "

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