Senate Passes Performance-Based Budgeting System
May 23, 2011
CARSON CITY—Today, the Nevada Senate passed A.B. 248, sponsored by Speaker Pro Tempore Debbie Smith and Speaker John Oceguera, implementing a performance-based budgeting system, requiring agencies to set benchmarks and goals, and holding them accountable through the budgeting process for their priorities and performance indicators.
The bill is part of a package of Democratic legislation to reform state government to make it more efficient, transparent, and accountable to Nevada’s taxpayers.
“Performance-based budgeting is a proven approach to making government more efficient, accountable and making sure every taxpayer dollar is working harder and being spent wisely,” Smith said.
In addition to implementing a performance-based budgeting system, A.B. 248 requires the posting of the information about performance on the Department of Administration website, along with report cards on state agencies, to increase transparency.
A.B. 248 further empowers the governor to authorize executive agencies to conduct public hearings on the proposed budget between October 15th and January 15th of the budget cycle, providing additional opportunities for public input and enabling the legislature to have more information when the session convenes.