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Performance-Based Program Budgeting in Context: History and Comparison, Report No. 96-77A, April 1997
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  • Both in past budget reform experiences in Florida and the federal government and in current reforms nationwide, some key implementation issues affect continuing success:
    • the critical importance of Legislative leadership and involvement in clarifying expectations for the reform,
    • the problem of weak government capacity to manage and analyze performance data, including inadequate data management and cost accounting systems, and
    • the challenges of designing performance information that both describes government and is useful to decision-makers as a budget tool.
  • The Legislature should focus on performance and accountability through clarifying agency and program mission and expected outcomes. It should direct agencies to prepare outcome measures of their contribution to expected results of government programs. It should require output measures of the quality and cost-effectiveness of agency products and services, so that the Legislature has budget decision tools. The Legislature should then develop ways to encourage and reward good results and to discourage poor ones.

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 96-77B Performance-Based Program Budgeting in Florida: Current Status and Next Steps, published in April 1997.
  • Report No. 01-05 PB² Commentary: Florida’s Unit Cost Initiative Shows Promise, But Needs Further Development, published in January 2001.
  • Report No. 00-15 PB² Status Report: Recent Initiatives Strengthen Florida's Performance-Based Budgeting System, published in November 2000.
  • Report No. 98-45 PB² Status Report, Fiscal Year 1998-99: Performance-Based Budgeting Has Produced Benefits But Its Usefulness Can Be Improved, published in January 1999.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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