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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

OMB directs agencies to use evidence-based budgeting

The White House wants agency budgets to be based on evidence showing programs actually work.

That means agencies will have to show a return on the investment on their programs, with more successful programs being more likely to receive funding.

In a memo last month, OMB Acting Director Jeff Zeints directed agencies to use evidence and "rigorous evaluation" in submitting their 2014 budgets.

The prioritization of programs is even more crucial because OMB has told agencies it must cut their budgets by 5 percent for their 2014 requests.

The budget agency is encouraging agencies to use administrative data or new technology and to expand evaluation efforts.

-Jolie Lee, FederalNewsRadio.com

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