With the recent launch of ExpectMore.gov, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) offers taxpayers a candid, non-political assessment of the performance and efficiency of federal programs in easy to understand, jargon-free language.
"ExpectMore.gov honestly shows how government programs perform and whether taxpayers are getting their moneys worth," said OMB Deputy Director for Management Clay Johnson in an OMB press release. "It shows where Federal programs are succeeding, admits where they fall short, and lays out what all programs are doing to get greater results. It is our hope that Congress and the American people will use the information on this site to hold us accountable and begin to 'expect more' from the performance and improvement of the programs that serve them."
At ExpectMore.gov, visitors can get quick lists of federal programs that are performing, those that are not performing, and the reasons why. Programs can also be searched and viewed by keyword or topic.
For example, if you are an educator and you want to know which education programs are best run, ExpectMore.gov tells you candidly which programs are demonstrating results and which are not.
ExpectMore.gov currently includes assessments of almost 800 programs accounting for 80 percent of the total federal budget. OMB hopes to include assessments of all federal programs by the end of the year.
Programs are assessed using what OMB calls the federal Program Assessment Rating Tool, or PART. The PART consists of 25 questions about a programs performance, design, and management. Once the assessments are complete, the responsible agencies are required to develop improvement plans to address PART findings. Programs not showing improvement face funding cuts or termination in future budgets.
Of the almost 800 programs rated so far: 15 percent are Effective; 29 percent are Moderately Effective; 28 percent are Adequate; 4 percent are Ineffective; and 24 percent are rated Results Not Demonstrated. In all cases performing and not performing programs the agencies have identified improvement plans.