The Department of Justice’s Office of Science and Technology,

in DoD’s National Institute of Justice, manages technology

used by public safety agencies, such as law enforcement, and

funds programs in forensic science and standards testing.

One thing it does not do, however, is adequately assess its

program outcomes, the General Accounting Office has said.

It said the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993

requires agencies to assess the results of every program

activity, but OST, which received over a $1 billion to

administer agency’s projects from 1995 to 2003, falls short.

GAO said that while it’s difficult to develop outcome

measurements for the kind of things OST does, it should

heed GAO’s previous recommendations to other entities

pursuing similar programs.

OST currently tracks outputs, the goods and services

produced and in some cases uses intermediate measures,

says GAO, and while intermediate measures are a step in

the right direction, OST needs to develop better performance

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