The Office of Management and Budget is a cabinet-rank office within the Executive Office of the President.  The OMB was organized by the Nixon administration from the previous Bureau of the Budget. Its main function is to assist the president in overseeing the formation of the budget and its implementation in government agencies. 
The management component of OMB oversees personnel, information technology, financial transactions and federal procurement policy-related actions. One of the offices within this side of the OMB is the Office of E-Government and Information Technology, which is headed by the appointed federal government's chief information officer. Click here for a complete organizational chart. Agency officials often elaborate on official memoranda and executive orders with posts to the OMB blog.



Latest Headlines

Latest Headlines

Agencies move forward with data-center efficiency efforts

Efforts throughout government to cut the cost of federal data centers continue to grind along, with the General Services Administration and the Defense Information Systems Agency recently announcing separate progress. The Homeland Security Department also published a Sept. 30  request for information  that said the department plans to transition from a data center model where it pays for data centers by the square foot to an "as-a-service" model where it pays for use.

Spotlight: Cobert confirmed as deputy OMB director

The Senate  confirmed  Beth Cobert Oct. 16 as the new deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.

Government reopens, debt crisis averted

The Office of Management and Budget notified (.pdf) federal workers should return to work Thursday and begin the process of reopening offices. The bill (H.R. 2775) overwhelmingly passed the Senate 81-18 and the House. Every Democrat in both chambers voted for the bill. Just 87 Republican House members supported the bill.

OMB deputy nominee promises to push for data center consilidation, speed up permitting process

Beth Cobert promised to encourage agencies to consolidate data centers and speed up the federal permitting process in her hearing as deputy secretary for management of the Office of Management and Budget before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Government to shut down

Recent years of House Republican brinksmanship over federal government funding finally came to an impasse following Congress's late night Sept. 30 failure to approve a continuing resolution for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The federal government is shut down – barring essential functions necessary for the protection of national security, life and property, and functions funded by money with another source than one year appropriations bills.

Some DHS offices to close almost entirely in event of government shutdown

More than one employee in 10 will be furloughed from the Homeland Security Department should Congress fail to approve a funding measure by midnight Monday--and some offices within DHS will see nearly all staff prevented from coming to work. The reasons for the variance are due to the different funding mechanisms and missions of DHS components.

Shutdown looms as House Republicans unwilling to compromise on ACA provision

As federal workers prepare to be furloughed during a possible government shutdown, the prospects for congressional approval of a continuing resolution look increasingly imperiled. House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that House Republicans will not accept a spending bill from the Senate stripped of a provision that defunds the Affordable Care Act, Roll Call   reports.

Auditors push for increased EPA statutory authority to collect water data

The Environmental Protection Agency needs more congressional authority to collect data on its efforts to ensure unpolluted water, an Aug. 21 EPA inspector general report says. Currently, the EPA office of water doesn't have statutory authority to collect data from water utilities, which means the agency doesn't know how effective its efforts are in assisting in protection against terrorism and natural disasters, the  report  (.pdf) says.

Financial system shared services still lacks governance model

Establishing a governance model for the latest Office of Management and Budget attempt to move federal financial managed systems onto a shared systems model remains an unfinished priority, officials said during a Sept. 25 panel.

OMB aims to cut complexity of financial systems

The new guidance, issued as Appendix D to Circular No. A-123, will eliminate what an OMB memo (.pdf) calls the "lengthy and resource-intensive" test and certification process for financial system software. Agencies will also no longer need to meet all financial management system requirements through one technology product.