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Zients Says OMB Needs More Funds for Budget Tech Upgrade

Jeff Zients

The Office of Management and Budget is requesting $2.1 million more in funds for fiscal year 2013 compared to the previous year.

Acting OMB Director Jeff Zients told a panel of lawmakers Monday that the office needs the funds to upgrade technology for its budgeting systems, according to FierceGovernmentIT.

The office will also use the funds to restore six out of the 16 career staff positions cut under the fiscal 2012 budget, Zients added.

He told a House Appropriations subcommittee that the office’s relative small size reduces the number of opportunities for efficiency savings.

Instead, the office cuts from other areas including information technology, printing and travel.

President Barack Obama issued an executive order in November directing agencies to reduce spending on printing and travel.

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