President Bush Cites Kennedy School Award Given to U.S. Budget Office Program

July 28, 2005

The White House is recognizing a federal agency for its receipt of an Innovation in American Government Award as announced this week by the Kennedy School’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

In a statement posted on the White House website, President George W. Bush acknowledged the award and the work done by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in creating the Program Assessment Rating Tool which evaluates every federal program’s purpose, design, management and results to determine effectiveness. The uniform assessment is used to improve management and to make informed budget decisions.

Other 2005 Innovations Award winners include: Charter Agencies in the State of Iowa; SEED School of the D.C. Public School District; State Forensic Program of Allegheny County, PA; Youth Civic Engagement in Hampton, VA; and the Systematic Code Enforcement Program of Los Angeles, CA.

“Government innovation is alive and flourishing at every level of government,” said Stephen Goldsmith, Director of the Innovations in American Government Awards. “These six programs are a testament to that — as well as a testament to the creative, hard working public servants who make them happen.”

For more information on the Innovation Awards, visit the Ash Institute’s website

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