Federal programs would have to be reviewed on a five-year
cycle to determine whether they should be continued,
modified or abolished, under legislation (HR-3826) passed
by a House Government Reform subcommittee. The effect in
part would be to codify a similar process that the Bush
administration took on its own initiative, the Program
Assessment and Rating Tool (PART).
The measure would require the Office of Management and
Budget to perform the reviews and report the results to
Congress as part of the White House’s annual budget
proposal. OMB would conduct the studies in consultation
with the individual agencies and could conduct the
studies more frequently in certain situations.
The measure also would require agencies to submit
four-year strategic plans in years following a