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Some Programs Proposed to End

Health and Human Services

Community Services Block Grants.   "The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides funds through States to Community Action Agencies to fund social services to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency. The Budget eliminates CSBG because it lacks national performance measures and does not award grants on a competitive basis. In addition, key CSBG services targeting employment, housing, nutrition, and health care are also provided by other Federal programs. This is supported by findings from the PART evaluation, in which the program received a rating of Results Not Demonstrated."

Social Services Block Grant. The Budget reduces 2007 Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funding by $500 million. The 2005 PART identified several weaknesses of the block grant. While SSBG provides State flexibility, as the Congress intended, it fails to ensure that funds are directed towards activities that achieve results. Because SSBG is a funding stream, rather than a program, there are no assessments of its effectiveness. In addition, the purposes of SSBG overlap substantially with other categorical and flexible Federal social service programs.

PreventiveHealth Block Grant. The 2007 Budget proposes the elimination of the PreventiveHealth Block Grant at CDC. The Budget proposes to increase the flexibility of CDC’s existing State categorical grants by allowing a portion of these funds to support primary prevention and health services.  This added flexibility maintains the accountability of CDC State categorical grants while limiting redundancy, and gives States the tools they need to address public health concerns.

Health Professions. The Budget reduces unnecessary subsidies for health professions training. The programs were created 40 years ago in response to an anticipated national shortage of physicians that does not exist today. An assessment of the program found it was ineffective. No comprehensive evaluations link Health Professions grants to changes in supply, distribution, or minority representation of physicians and other health professionals. The Budget improves access to health care by focusing investments where there is a greater need, such as Health Centers and the supply of nurses.

Education  (No breakout by program)

Program Terminations and Reductions. The Department of Education’s 2006 appropriation terminated funding for five programs totaling $26 million and included significant reductions to ineffective and low-priority programs, including a $87 million reduction to Safe and Drug Free Schools and a $125 million reduction to Even Start. The 2007 Budget builds on this success by proposing to terminate an additional 42 programs, including many that the PART has shown to be ineffective or unable to demonstrate results. These terminations will save $3.5 billion, most of which will be redirected toward priority programs such as Title I, High School Reform, School Choice, the Teacher Incentive Fund, and programs that make up the Administration’s Competitiveness Initiative.

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