Summary of the House Committee Version of the Bill


SPONSOR:  Champion (Bearden)

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Budget by
a vote of 15 to 10 with 1 present.

This substitute requires the Director of the Division of Budget
and Planning to develop and implement a performance-based
budgeting system that establishes goals and objectives, provides
detailed measures of program and fund performance against
attainment of planned goals, and provides for program evaluation.
The Governor may consider outcome measures used for each program
and fund as compared with the attainment of the established goals
of the program and fund over the preceding three fiscal years in
preparing budget recommendations to the General Assembly.  The
General Assembly is to consider the three preceding fiscal years'
outcome measures and attainment of goals and objectives for each
program and fund in approving appropriation levels for each
program and fund.

The Governor's budget recommendations, which are annually
submitted to the General Assembly, are to include all outcome
measures and attainment of established goals and objectives of
each program and fund for the preceding three fiscal years, the
current fiscal year, and the following two fiscal years; the most
recent reports submitted by the State Auditor's Office; and any
evaluations done by the Oversight Division of the Committee on
Legislative Research.

Beginning January 1, 2005, the substitute requires a
performance-based budgeting review of each department and agency
at least once every five years.  The chairpersons of the House
Budget Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee and the
Director of the Division of Budget and Planning are required to
review the outcome measures used for programs and funds within
the department, division, or agency being reviewed.

FISCAL NOTE:  No impact on state funds.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that performance-based budgeting
results in better targeting of resources and provides feedback to
better fine tune program and department goals.  The substitute
provides consistency in measurement of goal attainment for all
departments in state government.

Testifying for the bill was Senator Champion.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Roland Tackett, Legislative Analyst

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