OMB NOT PRACTICING WHAT IT PREACHES: NEEDS BIGGER BUDGET TO CUT OTHER AGENCIES - June 22, 2017
OMB Needs Bigger Budget So It Can Cut Other Agencies, Director Says
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
Democratic lawmakers grilled the head of the Office of Management and Budget at a hearing Wednesday for boosting his own agency’s budget while slashing spending levels for most of the rest of government.
OMB Director Mick Mulvaney defended the proposed 5 percent bump for fiscal 2018, saying the agency was undertaking two of President Trump’s “highest priorities” and therefore needed to up its spending. The director was referencing executive orders from the president tasking OMB with overseeing a deregulation effort and a reorganization of the executive branch of government. OMB requested $103 million in fiscal 2018, about a $5 million increase over its current funding level.