OMB FOLLOWS-UP ON LAUNCH OF PRESIDENT’S MANAGEMENT AGENDA WITH GUIDANCE FOR FY15 AGENCY BUDGET REQUESTS
On Friday, senior officials from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent a memo to agency heads entitled “Next Steps in the Evidence and Innovation Agenda.” The memo is the first set of guidance for agencies following the announcement of the President’s second term management agenda.
The memo came from OMB Director Sylvia Burwell, Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz, Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren, and Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Alan Krueger.
Essentially, OMB is directing agencies to provide in their FY15 budget requests documentation of program performance, in order to justify funding.
It also directs them to include suggestions for strengthening the “use of evidence and innovation” in their fiscal year 2015 budget requests. Also requested of agencies are suggested approaches that may yield evidence of program or policy impacts.
The memo states that such documentation “is especially important given current fiscal challenges, as our nation recovers from a deep recession and agencies face tough choices about how to meet increased demand for services in a constrained resource environment.”
The memo also serves as a reminder for existing “what works” clearinghouses, such as those currently operating at the Education, Justice, and Labor departments.
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