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Rep. Mick Mulvaney: OMB Needs Program Assessment Rating Tool to Help Identify Govt Waste

Mick Mulvaney

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-South Carolina), President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, has said he believes reinstating the Program Assessment Rating Tool would help OMB identify and reduce government waste and abuse, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

“Ending the PART program denied us that management tool,” Mulvaney told lawmakers during his Senate confirmation hearing.

“You can’t manage exclusively by quantitative data, but it’s difficult to manage at all with no quantitative data at all.”

Jason Miller writes Mulvaney also cited the role of inspectors general in data collection efforts and decision-making processes at agencies and discussed the implementation of the Federal Improper Payments Coordination Act.

He also answered questions from Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, about the 2013 government shutdown, the federal hiring freeze and its impact on the recruitment of full-time employees and contractors, Miller reports.

“I agreed with you that there may be circumstances under which it is more cost-effective and better for the taxpayer to use an FTE versus a contractor and I welcome further discussions about those specific examples,” Mulvaney said in response to McCaskill’s question, the report added.

Mulvaney also responded to queries about his views on the federal workforce, debt ceiling, entitlement reform and other issues during his testimony Tuesday before the Senate Budget Committee.

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