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House Appropriators' PART Prohibition Perpetuates Wasteful Spending

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Publication Date: May 2006

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Michelle L. Muccio; Alison Acosta Fraser

Topic: Banking and finance (Public finance)

Keywords: Budget; Program Assessment Rating Tool

Type: Brief

Abstract:

PART is a modest effort to provide lawmakers with the knowledge to make informed and efficient budgetary decisions, and it is the only program that assesses performance across the entire federal budget. Sadly, there is no evidence that Congress has used PART to make long-overdue reductions in the size and scope of the federal government. Even so, preventing agencies from participating in this type of analysis is irresponsible.