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Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) Status

FY 2006 Performance and Accountability Report
Bureau of Resource Management
November 2006


A key element of the President's Management Agenda is the effort to determine whether or not federal programs are achieving desired results at an acceptable cost to taxpayers. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) uses the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) to evaluate programs across a set of performance-related criteria, including program design, strategic planning, program management, and results. Programs are assessed and assigned numeric scores, which correspond to qualitative ratings of Effective, Moderately Effective, Adequate, Ineffective, and Results Not Demonstrated. PART scores and findings are used to inform the budget process and drive improvements.

Since 2002, the Department and OMB have used the PART to review 47 programs, covering nearly 80% of the Department's appropriations. In 2006, State and OMB collaborated on eight new PART reviews and three PART reassessments in preparation for the President's FY 2008 budget submission to Congress. All 2006 PART programs were rated "Effective," "Moderately Effective" or "Adequate" and none of the Department's PART programs was rated "Results Not Demonstrated" as of November 15, 2006.

A complete list of the Department's 2002-2006 PART assessments, scores and ratings, as well as information on PART improvement plans, are presented in the Appendices. For more information on PART, please visit


2002 - 2006 PART Ratings
OMB PART Ratings Number of Results
Effective 26
Moderately Effective 8
Adequate 13
Total Number of Programs Assessed 47


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