Federal Manager's Daily Report

The Office of Management and Budget’s Program Assessment

Rating Tool is inherently limited in providing a single


performance answer of judgment on complex federal programs,

the General Accounting Office has said.

It said PART illustrated the potential to build on the

foundation of the Government Performance and Results Act

to more actively promote the use of performance information

in budget decisions.

Although PART can stimulate discussion on program-specific

performance measurement issues, it is not a substitute for

GPRA’s strategic, longer-term focus on thematic goals and

department and government-wide crosscutting comparisons,

GAO said.

It said the relationship between the two tools is still

evolving and that defining the unit of analysis for program

evaluation is crucial to making the tools more effective.