Federal Manager's Daily Report

The Government Reform Committee has passed the Program

Assessment and Results Act — the PAR Act, HR-3826 — meant to


strengthen the Government Performance and Results Act and

requiring the Office of Management and Budget to work with

agencies to assess the performance of all federal programs

once every five years.

The bill helps set out how to codify program assessments in

accordance with the GPRA, an area in which the General

Accounting Office reported agencies consistently fare poorly.

Rep. Todd R. Platts, R-Pa., who introduced the measure, said,

“Unless we take an empirical, systematic look at programs,

the results they produce, and the way they are managed, we

will never know whether we are meeting goals or providing

services to the public in the most effective way possible.

Congress and the Executive Branch need to work together to

ensure that information gleaned from program reviews empowers

us to make timely, well-informed decisions.”