Program Budgeting in North Carolina
OSBM emphasizes measurable results as an integral part of budgeting in order to encourage more efficient and effective management of state resources. Through program budgeting OSBM is creating a budget process that does the following:
- Increases transparency
- Ensures accountability
- Promotes proactive management
- Focuses on performance
Government leaders, elected officials, and citizens can more easily understand an agency’s goals and strategies, measure program results, evaluate past resource decisions, and make well-informed resource decisions for the future.
Through the Program Budgeting and Strategic Planning process, each agency is required to assess its current goals and services by developing information that addresses the following questions:
1. Where are we now?
2. Where do we want to be?
3. How do we get there?
4. How do we measure our progress?
Agencies develop high-level planning information including broad overviews, missions and goals, strategies for meeting goals, and key indicators for tracking high-level progress. Agencies also develop fund purpose statements, a detailed list of services and associated resources, and performance measures for each fund in the agency. All of this information is reported in the Governor’s recommended biennial budget.
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