Congressman Peter Roskam today successfully offered an amendment to H.R. 1388, the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act - marking the second "Inaugural Amendment" to pass the House in a continuing effort to increase the efficiency of federal programs.
Roskam's amendment struck down an attempt to remove the National Civilian Community Corps' annual reporting requirement. The NCCC is a historically underperforming federal program, and as originally written, H.R. 1388 only required one evaluation by 2014.
"In 2005, the National Civilian Community Corp operated with a 74 percent higher cost per-participant than other AmeriCorps service program," said Roskam. "The American people entrust much of their earnings to public initiatives, and these programs must be able to demonstrate their worthiness. Inefficiency is unacceptable. Unless underperforming programs like this can show measurable improvement, they should end."
Specifically, Roskam's amendment will require the Office of Management and Budget to assess the bill's programs using the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART). This is a valuable tool to review and rate the effectiveness of federal agencies and programs by assessing purpose, planning, management and accountability.
"Greater government efficiency, coupled with increased transparency are two keys to regaining the trust of the American people," commented Roskam.