As part of the Budget and Performance Management System (BPMS) process, FSA collects program and performance data to report to external audiences, such as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). BPMS also supports internal evaluation by contributing to the Department's management scorecard and assessments.
The OMB Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART), is a standard questionnaire being applied as an assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of government programs based on performance and management criteria. The use of this tool encourages continuous program improvement, identifies those programs which achieve their intended results, and helps to determine areas in which performance can be improved.
The PART is designed to evaluate program performance by reviewing four key areas:
OMB encourages transparency in government and publishes the results of the PART evaluations at ExpectMore.gov. Programs are rated as either "Effective," "Moderately Effective," "Adequate," "Ineffective," or "Results Not Demonstrated. This process assists OMB and federal agencies in making informed decisions while enlightening Congress and other stakeholders on program performance.
The PART evaluation results are found at OMB's ExpectMore.gov website.
Select "Department of Agriculture" from the AGENCY drop down selection Press GO.
|Scroll down below the pie graphs to find the PART results for the following FSA programs: Bioenergy||Bioenergy|
|Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)||Conservation Reserve Program|
|Counter-Cyclical Payment||Agricultural Crops Counter Cyclical Payments|
|Direct Crop Payment (DCP)||Direct Crop Payments|
|Direct Farm Loans / Agriculture Credit Insurance Fund (ACIF) Direct Loans||Agricultural Credit Insurance Fund Direct Loans|
|Emergency Conservation Program(ECP)||Emergency Conservation Program|
|Guaranteed Farm Loans /Agriculture Credit Insurance Fund Guaranteed Loans||Agricultural Credit Insurance Fund - Guaranteed Loans|
|Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL)||Agricultural Marketing Loan Payments|
|Milk (Dairy) Price Support Purchase Program (MPSP / DPSP)||Dairy Price Support Program|
|Milk Income Loss Contract Program(MILC)||Dairy Payment Program|
|Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)||Non-Insured Crop Assistance program|
The Executive Branch Management Scorecard tracks how well the Federal government is executing the President's Management Agenda (PMA). OMB tracks the performance of each Department and that of major Federal agencies in executing the five Government-wide PMA management initiatives.
The scorecard employs a simple grading system common today in well-run businesses:
For further explanation and to view the most recent PMA Scorecards, please follow the link below:
In 2005, in an effort to improve accountability and program management, USDA adopted its own internal management PMA scorecard based on the rating system used by OMB. Agencies self-assess using established criteria linked to the PMA initiative. The Department then reviews the assessment and provides a quarterly score. USDA uses a simple grading system of red, yellow, and green to mark individual agencies' results. Green is for success; Yellow is for mixed results; and Red denotes unsatisfactory progress.
The USDA Office of the Inspector General conducts periodic reports on Agency programs and initiatives. The results are reported to Congress on a semi-annual basis.