Last month President Bush created a White House Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth. Bush charged the task force with developing a comprehensive federal response to the problems of youth failure, with a focus on enhanced agency accountability and effectiveness. The task force is composed of various Cabinet secretaries, including U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, as well as Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Director of the USA Freedom Corps John Bridgeland.
In his executive order, President Bush asked the task force to submit a preliminary report no later than April 30, 2003, that evaluates the potential for expanding successful federal disadvantaged youth programs through program consolidation, redirection of resources, and elimination of ineffective programs. One key directive asks the task force to “analyze and quantify the impact of Federal efforts aimed at disadvantaged youth,” which will be “carried out consistent with [the] Administration’s implementation of performance-based budgeting.” A final report will be submitted to the President no later than Oct. 1 for his approval.