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DOL Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2006
Performance and Accountability Report

Management's Discussion & Analysis

The Program Assessment Rating Tool

The Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) was developed to assess and improve programs' positive impact on outcomes that matter to the public. A PART review helps identify a program's strengths and weaknesses to inform funding and management decisions aimed at making the program more effective. Federal programs are scored on their purpose and design, strategic and performance planning, management, and results and accountability. Total scores determine ratings: Effective, Moderately Effective, Adequate, Ineffective, or Results Not Demonstrated (RND). The final category can apply to a program with any score if performance goals and measures are not sufficiently outcome (results) oriented and/or the program does not have adequate data. Summaries of each program's assessment and improvement plan are published on ExpectMore.gov, a site created earlier this year to make meaningful information about Federal program performance more accessible to the public.

To date, 28 DOL programs have been assessed through the PART. One is rated Effective, eight Moderately Effective, twelve Adequate, four Ineffective, and three Results Not Demonstrated. The table below lists the programs as they are identified in ExpectMore.gov. For cross-referencing with the performance section of this report, where Departmental performance goal(s) apply, goal number(s) are provided. The list is sorted first by the calendar year in which the review was conducted, then by total score. DOL will publish the scores and ratings for four additional programs reviewed for the President's FY 2008 Budget — the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Wage-Hour Programs, and Office of the Solicitor — completing the first five-year cycle of assessments.

PART assessments are useful because they lead to improvement plans intended to improve accountability and performance. Improvements DOL has recently implemented include: Development of new, outcome-oriented performance measures for two DOL programs currently rated Results Not Demonstrated: Job Training Apprenticeship and the Women's Bureau; development and implementation of efficiency measures for each of the DOL programs assessed through the PART; and development and implementation of a union democracy measure and annual reporting of union fraud activity by the Office of Labor Management Standards.

DOL PART SCORES AND RATINGS

Program/Goal

Year

Score

Rating

Veterans' Employment and Training State Grants/05-1.1C

2005

76

Moderately Effective

Work Incentive Grants

2005

57

Adequate

Longshore and Harbor's Workers Compensation Program/06-2.2B

2005

54

Adequate

Office of Labor Management Standards/06-2.1B

2005

54

Adequate

Workforce Investment Act — Adult Employment and Training/05-4.1A

2005

53

Adequate

Job Training Apprenticeship/06-1.1A

2005

42

Results Not Demonstrated

Women's Bureau

2005

41

Results Not Demonstrated

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation/06-2.2D

2004

79

Moderately Effective

H-1B Work Visa for Specialty Occupations — Labor Condition Application/06-4.1A

2004

78

Moderately Effective

Employee Benefits Security Administration/06-2.2C

2004

71

Moderately Effective

Job Corps/05-1.1B

2004

70

Moderately Effective

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs/06-3.2A

2004

65

Adequate

Permanent Labor Certification/06-4.1A

2004

64

Adequate

Employment Service/05-4.1B

2004

56

Adequate

International Child Labor and Office of Foreign Relations/06-3.3A&B

2004

51

Adequate

Native American

2004

51

Adequate

Bureau of Labor Statistics/06-1.2A

2003

88

Effective

Unemployment Insurance Administration State Grants/06-2.2A

2003

74

Moderately Effective

Black Lung Benefits Program/06-2.2B

2003

71

Moderately Effective

Mine Safety and Health Administration/06-3.1A&B

2003

55

Adequate

Workforce Investment Act — Dislocated Worker Assistance/05-4.1C

2003

50

Adequate

Trade Adjustment Assistance/06-4.1B

2003

45

Ineffective

Workforce Investment Act — Youth Activities/05-1.1A

2003

45

Ineffective

Workforce Investment Act — Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

2003

38

Ineffective

Prevailing Wage Determination Program/06-2.1A

2003

29

Results Not Demonstrated

Community Service Employment for Older Americans/05-4.1D

2003

27

Ineffective

Federal  Employees Compensation Act/06-2.2B

2002

75

Moderately Effective

Occupational Safety and Health Administration/06-3.1C&D

2002

62

Adequate

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