OMB Asks Federal Agencies to Prepare Program Cost Estimates for Next US President

BudgetShaun Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget, has instructed agencies to work with OMB to establish a database of current services program estimates before President Barack Obama leaves his post.

Donovan said in a memorandum published Friday that OMB plans to collect agency budget and programmatic data that the incoming administration can use as a reference to prepare a spending plan for fiscal year 2018.

“Such information might include the identification of recurring and non-recurring costs in FYs 2017 and 2018, [full-time equivalent] levels and personnel costs assuming current services, and estimates of program utilization for FY 2018,” he noted.

OMB will not require agencies to submit their formal budget requests or undergo the annual director’s review or passback process this September, according to Donovan.

He added agencies should wait until a new administration or a presidential transition team is in place before they  submit their performance plans and policy materials in support of their fiscal 2018 budget requests.

The agency is scheduled to issue a Circular A-11 government-wide guidance for FY 2018 budget preparations in June and aims to develop and implement the baseline budget database for agencies’ input by Nov. 1.

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