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Earmarks are funds provided by the Congress for projects or programs where the congressional direction (in bill or report language) circumvents the merit-based or competitive allocation process, or specifies the location or recipient, or otherwise curtails the ability of the Executive Branch to properly allocate funds.
The Federal government reports on how well its agencies are performing and what measures it is taking for improvement.
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Their purpose is to examine government programs and operations, and determine if they are efficient and effective. Some of their audits are required by law, but most are undertaken at the request of a Congressional Committee. Good site for program evaluation
Citizens Against Government Waste
"Private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization to eliminate waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government through research and public education activities."
The Florida Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA). Full-text reports.
Government Program Summaries
Formerly known as Florida government accountability report, it describes agency programs. Print copies in Florida government documents on the ground floor of Strozier and titles in this set are in the Florida call number starting with Fla-Doc PPA3. A22.