Dr. Coburn Welcomes Report Card on Government Transparency
Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, today noted the release of a report showing a lack of compliance with the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) and said he will use the report's findings in his oversight work. The report, the seventh annual performance scorecard by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University , evaluates and ranks the 24 largest federal agencies according to their transparency in reporting successes and failures.
"Our government has the responsibility to meet the highest standards of transparency and accountability," Dr. Coburn said. "As members of Congress, it's not enough for us to simply pass legislation such as GPRA. We must also conduct regular oversight to ensure agencies are producing results information and, in turn, utilize that information in the decision-making process. I applaud the Mercatus Center for continuing to provide a valuable service to taxpayers by offering high quality analysis to improve the quality of this vital information."
The federal government spent $2.45 trillion in fiscal year 2005, and according to the Mercatus study only 15 percent of this spending is covered by satisfactory disclosure. The Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration and the Department of Defense produced the lowest ranked reports, according to the study. Out of the twelve criteria used in the evaluation, those agencies consistently score the lowest in the area of linking costs to outcomes, according to the study.