Spending stalemate hobbles evaluation initiative


Back in July, the Office of Management and Budget announced that roughly $100 million had been allocated to 35 program evaluations and “evaluation capacity-building proposals” across the government.

But allocated isn’t the same thing as appropriated. It turns out that agencies have yet to see a dime because Congress has yet to pass a fiscal 2011 budget. Instead, agencies are operating off a continuing resolution out that generally keeps spending frozen at 2010 levels.

“We are very committed to evaluating what works and what doesn’t to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent effectively, but these evaluations have not been funded yet due to the CR situation on the Hill,” OMB spokeswoman Moira Mack said today in an email.  Not clear today–a federal holiday–how much agencies have been able to accomplish without those funds.


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