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SA 3571. Mr. ALLARD submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 2419, to provide for the continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

On page 1362, between lines 19 and 20, insert the following:
(a) In General.--Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report that describes--
(1) each program of the Department of Agriculture that has received a Program Assessment Rating Tool (referred to in this section as ``PART'') score of ``results not demonstrated''; and
(2) for each such program, the steps being taken by the Secretary to develop acceptable and quantifiable performance goals to determine whether the program is performing as Congress intended.
(b) Annual Budget.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--The Secretary shall include in the annual submission to Congress of the budget for the Department of Agriculture a report that identifies each program within the Department of Agriculture that has, as of the date of the report, a PART score of ``results not demonstrated'' or ``ineffective''.
(2) FUNDING.--If a program of the Department of Agriculture receives a PART score described in paragraph (1) for 2 or more consecutive years, the amount made available to the Secretary to carry out the program for each subsequent fiscal year shall be decreased by 10 percent until such time as the program receives a PART score of at least ``adequate''.
(c) Reduction of Debt.--For each fiscal year for which a program of the Department of Agriculture receives decreased funding under subsection (b)(2), an amount equal to the amount of funding withheld from the Department of Agriculture for that program shall be deposited in the account established under section 3113(d) of title 31, United States Code, for use in reducing the Federal debt.

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Nov 8, 2007.)