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Office of Management and Budget

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OMB's Role

OMB's predominant mission is to assist the President in overseeing the preparation of the Federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. In helping to formulate the President's spending plans, OMB evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures, assesses competing funding demands among agencies, and sets funding priorities. OMB ensures that agency reports, rules, testimony, and proposed legislation are consistent with the President's budget and with Administration policies.

In addition, OMB oversees and coordinates the Administration's procurement, financial management, information, and regulatory policies. In each of these areas, OMB's role is to help improve administrative management, to develop better performance measures and coordinating mechanisms, and to reduce any unnecessary burdens on the public.

Organization of OMB

The Director of OMB is Alice M. Rivlin.
The Deputy Director of OMB is Jacob J. Lew.
The Deputy Director for Management of OMB is John A. Koskinen.

The budget and review functions in OMB report directly to the Director and the Deputy Director, while the management and regulatory responsibilities are normally under the supervision of the Deputy Director for Management.

The Federal Budget

The President typically submits his budget to the Congress each year in early February. The budget is OMB's principal printed publication and consists of the publications listed below:

A Citizen's Guide to the Federal Budget: a brief summary of the budget for the general public.

The FY 1996 Budget: the budget message and the President's budget proposals.

Analytical Perspectives of the 1996 Budget: analyses highlighting specific program, economic, or management areas in the budget.

Historical Tables: budget authority, outlay, receipt, deficit/surplus, debt, and employment data provided over extended time periods.

FY 1996 Budget Appendix: comprehensive, detailed information on the appropriations and funds that constitute the Federal budget.

Supplemental Summary of the FY 1996 Budget Preliminary Materials: outlines the President's plan to balance the budget by FY 2005.

(Most of these files are also available in PDF format.)

For definitions of key budget terms, please select the Budget Glossary. For a fuller description of the budget process and concepts, see the Budget System and Concepts Summary.

OMB Documents

Selected OMB Circulars: instructions or information issued by OMB to Federal agencies. These are expected to have a continuing effect of two years or more. (OMB also makes several of its circulars available through a new fax-on-demand system. Fax requests may be placed by calling (202) 395-9068. To obtain circulars available in hard copy only, please call (202) 395-7332.)

Selected OMB Bulletins: guidance to other Federal agencies of a more transitory nature that would normally expire after one or two years.

Regulations and Paperwork under OMB Review: updated weekly, this report lists the regulations and paperwork currently under review by OMB.

Federal Register Submissions: copies of proposed and final rule submissions to the Federal Register.

Miscellaneous Documents: other OMB publications of interest.

Related Information Sources

Links to other Federal government sites are for information only. The links do not represent an endorsement by the Office of Management and Budget.

For additional information, contact the OMB Administrative office at (202) 395-3080

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