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Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART)

To enhance the practical use of performance information, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in collaboration with other Federal agencies, developed the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) as a standard method for measuring the performance of all Federal programs. PART establishes a "good government" standard of performance and the results of the assessments are made public.

MRP underwent its initial PART examination in 2003 and received a rating of “Moderately Effective.” Detailed information, which includes the questions and answers for MRP, can be found on the OMB Expect More website at:

The following are OMB findings for the Program:

The MRP is the only federal, state, local, or private entity whose purpose is to provide objective resource information concerning mineral commodities for the nation. The framework data and process understandings provided by MRP are used by land managers and industry to identify and address site-specific mineral resource and mineral environmental issues and challenges ranging from determining the feasibility of new mine development to remediation of long-abandoned mine sites.

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.

The Program has achieved performance targets In 2005, 87% of targeted analyses delivered were used for decision making within 3 years after analysis is delivered. The program has made its information products and databases easier to use. It developed a new web-based data delivery system, and is working with users to help them take advantage of the new system.

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Focusing program activities to support long term land use and policy decisions
  • Making reports and data more accessible and user-friendly

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