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OMB: Agencies Must Factor Performance Data Into FY 2016 Budget Plans

budget analysis reviewThe Office of Management and Budget wants federal agencies to apply data from programmatic reviews when they develop budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

Jason Miller writes that OMB required agencies to evaluate their progress toward achieving project goals and submit performance reports by May 17.

“We are asking agencies to self-assess, how well do you think you are doing in your programs,” said Lisa Danzig, OMB associate director for personnel and performance, according to Miller’s report.

“I think it will be a powerful tool in thinking about how well are we really performing as an agency,” Danzig added, according to the article.

OMB has recommended that agencies develop measures to lower FY 2016 discretionary spending by 2 percent and identify programs that should receive a 5-percent funding raise.

Miller reports that agency officials will work on 2016 budget plans this summer and must submit requests to the OMB by September.

“Your budget submission will provide the president with the options needed to make the hard choices necessary to provide room for critical investments in priority areas, and focus limited funding on programs and approaches that work,” Brian Deese, OMB’s budget deputy director, wrote in a memo obtained by Federal News Radio.

“To help meet this funding target, all agencies should continue to look for ways to increase effectiveness and reduce fragmentation, overlap and duplication,” Deese addes, according to the station.

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