Corman Appoints Senate Panel to Determine Effectiveness of State Programs, Departments

Performance Measurements Will Help to Make Best Use of Tax Dollars

As part of his overall effort to address a growing budget deficit and make government more efficient and accountable, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman (R-34) today announced the creation of a Senate Sub-Committee on Program Performance.

“Performance measurement makes it possible to build strong and meaningful accountability between government departments and the citizens they are supposed to serve,” Corman said. “Performance measurement requires the Executive Branch to demonstrate that it is contributing, through its various programs, to outcomes that achieve a public benefit for Pennsylvanians.”

The sub-committee will consist of five members – three from the majority party and two from the minority party — and will be chaired by Sen. Pat Browne (R-16) Committee members will include Sen. John Gordner, (R- 27), Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), Sen. Mike Stack (D-5) and Sen. John Wozniak (D-35). Sen. Corman and Sen. Jay Costa (D-43) will serve as ex-officio members.

Corman said the Sub-Committee will be responsible for:

o Increasing department and program accountability and transparency.

o Identifying the stated outcomes and public benefit of the various departments and their programs.

o Determining if the responsible department is measuring whether a program is achieving its intended outcomes or public benefit.

o Reporting its findings to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

He added that the formation of the Sub-committee is especially critical as the Commonwealth faces a $2.6 billion deficit and the prospect of cutting programs and services to make ends meet.

“More than any other year in recent memory, there simply is not enough revenue to continue funding all programs, and we can’t raise taxes if we want to improve our economic climate,” Corman said.

Sub-Committee Chairman Sen. Browne added that performance measurement ensures that taxpayers get the most for their money.

“Given the current fiscal situation of the Commonwealth, the Senate must make every effort to determine, through objective means, the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of each department and program,” Browne said. “During this current economic downturn, more Pennsylvanians are in need of many of the services that state government provides. Our goal is to make sure that the programs that work effectively and are most needed are given priority in the state budget.”

Tim Nyquist
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