Tax Review: Improving U.S. Budget Choices

November 1, 1971

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Volume XXXII No. 11

Executive Summary
The “incoherence of the budget process” is a major manifestation of the poor performance of the Federal government, says Dr. William Niskanen. He analyzes the failure of the PPB (planning-programming-budgeting) system, begun in 1965 and recently abandoned, to improve the process of making budget choices. This article then summarizes some of the changes that can improve the information analysis for budgetary choices, given the general characteristics of the present structure of government.

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