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State Budget and Agency Key Performance Measures

Organization of State Government & Budget Process

Oregon state government is a large organization. The following resources may help you learn more about the structure, budgets and performance measures.

Oregon Blue Book

  • The Blue Book offers descriptions of state agencies, contact information, budgets and histories that are understandable and accessible. For more information on the agencies that reside within the Executive Branch of state government, visit the State Agencies, Boards and Commissions Web page.
    Also, see the sections for the legislative and judicial branches of state government.

Oregon Budget Process

The state budget is a tool used to carry out state law and policy decisions. The budget, which must be balanced, allocates all revenue resources including General Fund, Lottery, Federal and Other Funds that pay for public services. The budget may authorize debt financing for some projects and activities.

The budget covers two fiscal years, which is a biennium. The biennium begins on July 1 of an odd-numbered year and ends on June 30 of the next odd-numbered year (for example, July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015).

The budget development process occurs in three major phases: Agency Request, Governor's Recommended Budget, and Legislatively Adopted Budget.

Oregon Public Finance: Basic Facts

Budget Process Overview: DAS Chief Financial Office (CFO)
The Chief Financial Office helps the Governor prepare a budget for the Legislature to consider. This Web site explains the phases of the budget process in detail. 

Oregon Public Finance: Basic Facts (LRO) - 2011 Research Report #1-11
This report from the Legislative Revenue Office describes basic facts about public finance. Released in January 2011, the report reflects events that occurred before that date. 

How Positions are Created, Budgeted and Used - Legislative Fiscal Office:This report answers common questions about state employees such as: how positions are created, budgeted for, and how much of the budget goes to cover the cost of employees.

Legislatively Adopted Budget (LAB) - graphical view

2015-2017 Legislatively Adopted Budget (through 2016 Session): A summarized pie chart view of Budget Totals by program and funding source are provided below.

Oregon's budget development process occurs in three major phases: Agency Request, Governor's Recommended Budget and Legislatively Adopted Budget. For the 2015-2017 budget cycle the Governor's budget team developed the Governor's Recommended Budget and presented it to the Legislature.

Legislative committees reviewed the proposed budget and held public hearings to gather information from agencies and the public. Each budget bill included a Budget Report that described the committees' recommendations. The Legislature voted on each budget bill. When the bills received the Governor's approval, they became law and comprised the Legislatively Adopted Budget. Agencies are now in the process of administering the budget over the current two-year budget period (through June 2017).

As the Oregon Legislature now meets annually, it can now make changes to the budget (either in full session or through the Legislative Emergency Board between legislative sessions). The Governor may also call Legislature into special emergency sessions to deal with budget issues. The Legislatively Adopted Budget and changes made during the biennium make up the Legislatively Approved Budget.


Legislative Fiscal Office: Legislatively Approved Budget Homepage

This Web site includes links to budget reports for many individual agencies and other important budget-related reports and publications.

Legislative Fiscal Office: Publications
This Web site includes links to information and the analysis of budgets approved before 2011, as well as other budget-related reports and publications.

Archived LFO Budget Documents:

Other Resource Links

Department of Administrative Services (DAS)\Chief Financial Office (CFO)

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Agency Key Performance Measures

Oregon adopted a multi-level approach to measuring the performance and outcomes of state government. The Legislative Fiscal Office and the Budget and Management Division of the Department of Administrative Services adopted a set of criteria that agencies must meet when developing measures. Measures must:

  • Gauge progress toward agency's goals and mission,
  • Use standard terminology and definitions,
  • Be few in number,
  • Identify performance targets to be achieved during the two year budget cycle,
  • Use accurate and reliable data sources,
  • Measure customer satisfaction,
  • Assign an organizational unit responsible for achieving the target, and address comparable information, where possible.
During the budget deliberation process of each legislative session, the Legislature will approve, disapprove, or change/update each agency's proposed biennial performance measures.

This link provides access to more information about Agency Key Performance Measuresc