Some Views on Program Budgeting.

by Brent D. Bradley


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Statement before the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, California Legislature Hearings on Program Budgeting. Program budgeting can be used in several ways to assist the decision process and to improve conditions under which decisions are made. First, program proposals are subjected to a vigorous analysis intended to make explicit the major uncertainties about their outcome. Second, once a decision has been made to implement a program, the format of the program budget helps to ensure its continued viability and describes its relationship to other programs. Finally, the analytical techniques applied in the pretest are used to examine program performance and to suggest corrective action or redefinition of objectives when required. Systems analysis plays an important role in program budgeting. It is pointed out that program budgeting is not a panacea, but that reforms in the budget structure make the objectives and progress of government activity more readily evaluated and that analysis contributes to the quality of departmental budget submissions. 11 pp.

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