|Formed||July 1, 1970|
|Headquarters||Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|Annual budget||$141 million (FY 2022)|
|Parent agency||Executive Office of the President of the United States|
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is the largest office[a] within the Executive Office of the President of the United States (EOP). OMB's most prominent function is to produce the president's budget, but it also examines agency programs, policies, and procedures to see whether they comply with the president's policies and coordinates inter-agency policy initiatives.
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The Bureau of the Budget, OMB's predecessor, was established in 1921 as a part of the Department of the Treasury by the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, which President Warren G. Harding signed into law. The Bureau of the Budget was moved to the Executive Office of the President in 1939 and was run by Harold D. Smith during the government's rapid expansion of spending during World War II. James L. Sundquist, a staffer at the Bureau of the Budget, called the relationship between the president and the bureau extremely close and subsequent bureau directors politicians, not public administrators.
The bureau was reorganized into the Office of Management and Budget in 1970 during the Nixon administration. The first OMB included Roy Ash (head), Paul O'Neill (assistant director), Fred Malek (deputy director), Frank Zarb (associate director) and two dozen others.
In the 1990s, OMB was reorganized to remove the distinction between management staff and budgetary staff by combining the dual roles into each given program examiner within the Resource Management Offices.
OMB prepares the president's budget proposal to Congress and supervises the administration of the executive branch agencies. It 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 administration policies.
OMB also 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, develop better performance measures and coordinating mechanisms, and reduce unnecessary burdens on the public.
OMB's critical missions are:
- Budget development and execution, a prominent government-wide process managed from the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and a device by which a president implements their policies, priorities, and actions in everything from the Department of Defense to NASA.
- Managing other agencies' financials, paperwork, and IT.
OMB is made up mainly of career appointed staff who provide continuity across changes of party and administration in the White House. Six positions within OMB – the Director, the Deputy Director, the Deputy Director for Management, and the administrators of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and the Office of Federal Financial Management – are presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed positions.
OMB's largest components are the five Resource Management Offices, which are organized along functional lines mirroring the federal government, each led by an OMB associate director. Approximately half of all OMB staff are assigned to these offices, the majority of whom are designated as program examiners. Program examiners can be assigned to monitor one or more federal agencies or may be deployed by a topical area, such as monitoring issues relating to U.S. Navy warships. These staff have dual responsibility for both management and budgetary issues, as well as for giving expert advice on all aspects relating to their programs. Each year they review federal agency budget requests and help decide what resource requests will be sent to Congress as part of the president's budget. They perform in-depth program evaluations with the Program Assessment Rating Tool, review proposed regulations and agency testimony, analyze pending legislation, and oversee the aspects of the president's management agenda including agency management scorecards. They are often called upon to provide analysis information to EOP staff. They also provide important information to those assigned to the statutory offices within OMB: the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, the Office of Federal Financial Management, and the Office of E-Government & Information Technology, which specializes in issues such as federal regulations and procurement policy and law.
Other components are OMB-wide support offices, including the Office of General Counsel, the Office of Legislative Affairs, the Budget Review Division (BRD), and the Legislative Reference Division. The BRD performs government-wide budget coordination and is largely responsible for the technical aspects relating to the release of the president's budget each February. With respect to the estimation of spending for the executive branch, the BRD serves a purpose parallel to that of the Congressional Budget Office (which was created in response to the OMB) for estimating Congressional spending, the Department of the Treasury for estimating executive branch revenue, and the Joint Committee on Taxation for estimating Congressional revenue.
The Legislative Reference Division is the federal government's central clearing house for proposed legislation or testimony by federal officials. It distributes proposed legislation and testimony to all relevant federal reviewers and distills the comments into a consensus opinion of the administration about the proposal. It is also responsible for writing an Enrolled Bill Memorandum to the president once a bill is presented by both chambers of Congress for the president's signature. The Enrolled Bill Memorandum details the bill's particulars, opinions on the bill from relevant federal departments, and an overall opinion about whether it should be signed into law or vetoed. It also issues Statements of Administration Policy that let Congress know the White House's official position on proposed legislation.
Role in the executive budget process
In practice, the president has assigned the OMB certain responsibilities when it comes to the budget and hiring authorities who play key roles in developing it. OMB coordinates the development of the president's budget proposal by issuing circulars, memoranda, and guidance documents to the heads of executive agencies. The OMB works very closely with executive agencies in making sure the budget process and proposal is smooth.
The development of the budget within the executive branch has many steps and takes nearly a year to complete. The first step is the OMB informing the president of the country's economic situation. The next step is known as the Spring Guidance: the OMB gives executive agencies instructions on policy guidance to use when coming up with their budget requests along with due dates for them to submit their requests. The OMB then works with the agencies to discuss issues in the upcoming budget. In July, the OMB issues circular A-11 to all agencies, which outlines instructions for submitting the budget proposals, which the agencies submit by September. The fiscal year begins October 1 and OMB staff meet with senior agency representatives to find out whether their proposals are in line with the president's priorities and policies and identify constraints within the budget proposal until late November. The OMB director then meets with the president and EOP advisors to discuss the agencies' budget proposals and recommends a federal budget proposal, and the agencies are notified of the decisions about their requests. They can appeal to OMB and the president in December if they are dissatisfied with the decisions. After working together to resolve issues, agencies and OMB prepare a budget justification document to present to relevant congressional committees, especially the Appropriations Committee. Finally, by the first Monday in February, the president must review and submit the final budget to Congress to approve.
OMB is also responsible for the preparation of Statements of Administrative Policy (SAPs) with the president. These statements allow the OMB to communicate the president's and agencies' policies to the government as a whole and set forth policymakers' agendas. During the review of the federal budget, interest groups can lobby for policy change and affect the budget for the new year. OMB plays a key role in policy conflicts by making sure legislation and agencies' actions are consistent with the executive branch's. OMB has a powerful and influential role in the government, basically making sure its day-to-day operations run. Without a budget, federal employees could not be paid, federal buildings could not open and federal programs would come to a halt in a government shutdown. Shutdowns can occur when Congress refuses to accept a budget.
Suspension and debarment
The Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (ISDC) was created as an OMB committee by President Ronald Reagan's Executive Order 12549 in 1986, for the purpose of monitoring the implementation of the order. This order mandates executive departments and agencies to:
- participate in a government-wide suspension and debarment system,
- issue regulations with government-wide criteria and minimum due process procedures when debarring or suspending participants, and
- send debarred and suspended participants' identifying information to the General Services Administration for inclusion on a list of excluded persons, now known as the System for Award Management (SAM).
Circulars are instructions or information the OMB issues to federal agencies that are indexed by major category: Budget, State and Local Governments, Educational and Non-Profit Institutions, Federal Procurement, Federal Financial Management, Federal Information Resources / Data Collection and Other Special Purpose.
Circular NO. A-119 Circular A-119 is for federal participation in the development and use of voluntary consensus standards and in conformity assessment activities. A-119 instructs its agencies to adopt voluntary consensus standards before relying upon industry standards and reducing to a minimum the reliance by agencies on government standards. Adoption of international standards is widely followed by U.S. agencies. This includes:
- Environmental Protection Agency referencing ISO 14001 supporting public policy in environmental management
- Department of Energy referencing ISO 50001 supporting public policy for energy performance aligned with the International Energy Agency
- Department of Labor referencing ISO 45001 supporting public policy in occupational health and safety
- Food and Drug Administration referencing ISO 13485 supporting public policy in medical devices
- Food and Drug Administration referencing ISO 22000 supporting public policy in food products
- Director of the Office of Management and Budget
- Deputy Director, OMB
- Executive Associate Director of OMB
- Office of General Counsel
- Office of Legislative Affairs
- Office of Communications
- Office of Economic Policy (EP)
- Management and Operations Division
- Legislative Reference Division
- Budget Review Division (BRD)
- Resource Management Offices
- Natural Resource Programs
- Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor Programs
- Health Programs
- General Government Programs
- National Security Programs
- Deputy Director for Management (Chief Performance Officer of the United States)
- Office of Performance and Personnel Management (OPPM)
- Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM)
- Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP)
- Office of E-Government & Information Technology (administrator: Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States)
- Cyber and National Security Unit
- United States Digital Service (USDS)
- Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)
- Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC)
- Director: Shalanda Young
- Deputy Director: Nani Coloretti
- Chief of Staff for OMB: Rachel Wallace
- General Counsel: Daniel Jacobson
- Deputy Director for Management (Chief Performance Officer of the United States): Jason Miller
- Controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management: John C. Pasquantino (Acting)
- Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy: Lesley A. Field (Acting)
- Administrator of the Office of E-Government & Information Technology (Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States): Clare Martorana
- Made in America Director: Livia Shmavonian
- Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: Richard L. ("Ricky") Revesz
- Deputy Director: Nani Coloretti
List of directors
List of OMB directors.
|Charles Dawes||June 23, 1921||June 30, 1922||Warren G. Harding|
|Herbert Lord||July 1, 1922||May 31, 1929||Warren G. Harding|
|Clawson Roop||August 15, 1929||March 3, 1933||Herbert Hoover|
|Lewis Douglas||March 7, 1933||August 31, 1934||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Daniel Bell||September 1, 1934||April 14, 1939||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Harold Smith||April 15, 1939||June 19, 1946||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Harry S. Truman|
|James Webb||July 13, 1946||January 27, 1949||Harry S. Truman|
|Frank Pace||February 1, 1949||April 12, 1950||Harry S. Truman|
|Fred Lawton||April 13, 1950||January 21, 1953||Harry S. Truman|
|Joseph Dodge||January 22, 1953||April 15, 1954||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Rowland Hughes||April 16, 1954||April 1, 1956||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Percival Brundage||April 2, 1956||March 17, 1958||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Maurice Stans||March 18, 1958||January 21, 1961||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|David Bell||January 22, 1961||December 20, 1962||John F. Kennedy|
|Kermit Gordon||December 28, 1962||June 1, 1965||John F. Kennedy|
|Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Charles Schultze||June 1, 1965||January 28, 1968||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Charles Zwick||January 29, 1968||January 21, 1969||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Bob Mayo||January 22, 1969||June 30, 1970||Richard Nixon|
|George Shultz||July 1, 1970||June 11, 1972||Richard Nixon|
|Caspar Weinberger||June 12, 1972||February 1, 1973||Richard Nixon|
|Roy Ash||February 2, 1973||February 3, 1975||Richard Nixon|
|James Lynn||February 10, 1975||January 20, 1977||Gerald Ford|
|Bert Lance||January 21, 1977||September 23, 1977||Jimmy Carter|
|Jim McIntyre||September 24, 1977||January 20, 1981||Jimmy Carter|
|David Stockman||January 21, 1981||August 1, 1985||Ronald Reagan|
|Jim Miller||October 8, 1985||October 15, 1988||Ronald Reagan|
|Joe Wright||October 16, 1988||January 20, 1989||Ronald Reagan|
|Dick Darman||January 25, 1989||January 20, 1993||George H. W. Bush|
|Leon Panetta||January 21, 1993||July 17, 1994||Bill Clinton|
|Alice Rivlin||October 17, 1994||April 26, 1996||Bill Clinton|
|Frank Raines||September 13, 1996||May 21, 1998||Bill Clinton|
|Jack Lew||May 21, 1998||January 19, 2001||Bill Clinton|
|Mitch Daniels||January 23, 2001||June 6, 2003||George W. Bush|
|Josh Bolten||June 6, 2003||April 15, 2006||George W. Bush|
|Rob Portman||May 26, 2006||June 19, 2007||George W. Bush|
|Jim Nussle||September 4, 2007||January 20, 2009||George W. Bush|
|Peter Orszag||January 20, 2009||July 30, 2010||Barack Obama|
|July 30, 2010||November 18, 2010||Barack Obama|
|Jack Lew||November 18, 2010||January 27, 2012||Barack Obama|
|January 27, 2012||April 24, 2013||Barack Obama|
|Sylvia Mathews Burwell||April 24, 2013||June 9, 2014||Barack Obama|
|June 9, 2014||July 28, 2014||Barack Obama|
|Shaun Donovan||July 28, 2014||January 20, 2017||Barack Obama|
|January 20, 2017||February 16, 2017||Donald Trump|
|Mick Mulvaney||February 16, 2017
On leave: January 2, 2019 – March 31, 2020
|March 31, 2020||Donald Trump||Became Acting White House Chief of Staff on January 2, 2019, but remained OMB Director through the rest of his tenure.|
|Russ Vought||January 2, 2019
Acting: January 2, 2019 – July 22, 2020
|January 20, 2021||Donald Trump||Initially Acting Director during Mulvaney's service as Acting White House Chief of Staff continued until Vought was confirmed.|
|January 20, 2021||March 24, 2021||Joe Biden|
|Shalanda Young||March 24, 2021
Acting: March 24, 2021 – March 17, 2022
|present||Joe Biden||While Young was Acting Director, Jason Miller assumed duties during her parental leave from October 2021 – December 2021.|
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