Budget Reform: Putting Performance First

Report #135, October 1995


As the State seeks ways to maximize its ability to perform effectively, the Commission examined the pilot project for performance-based budgeting established in several departments within the State of California.

The report contains three findings and nine recommendations. The Commission found out that the traditional process for funding, achieving accountability, and setting priorities does not encourage the best policy decisions, increases costs, and decreases program successes. The Commission recommends that the Governor and the Legislature make a commitment to performance-based budgeting by providing support and oversight, extending the time line for the pilot project, and encouraging its expansion as appropriate.