Budget for performance
We use the following tools to budget for performance:
- Activity inventories summarize major work of an agency, the expected results of that work, and budget amounts associated with the activity. These reports are a snapshot of funding and performance at specific points in the budget process, including when the legislative budget is finalized. See OFM's Activity Guide for more information about budget activities.
- Performance progress reports provide more frequent information, usually quarterly, about the performance of each agency activity. Under the State Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting Act (RCW 43.88.090), state agencies are required to set performance objectives for each major activity that measure whether the agency is making progress and achieving results.
- Washington's innovative Priorities of Government (POG) process focuses on whether activities deliver results that matter to citizens, and prioritizes spending on the most effective strategies. POG helps OFM and the Governor develop a proposed budget for 10 key result areas. The final budget adopted by the Legislature becomes the blueprint for spending for the next two years (biennium). The OFM Budget page provides more detail.