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Core Documents of Our Democracy: Budget of the United States Government

The resources found in this guide are vital sources of information that support the public's right to know about the workings and essential activities of the Federal Government.

General Information

Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications are included, which may vary from year to year.

 

According to the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 , the president must annually submit a budget to Congress by the first Monday in February. The proposed spending plan, the president's budget must show:

  • The condition of the Treasury at the end of the last completed fiscal year.

  • The estimated condition of the Treasury at the end of the current fiscal year.

  • The estimated condition of the Treasury at the end of the next fiscal year if the budget proposals are carried out.

 

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) assists the president in the creation of the president's budget by gathering data from agencies and compiling it into the final plan to be approved by the president.

 

The totals for the current and upcoming fiscal years are only projected amounts. Annual budget documents provide Congress, State and local governments, and the public with a complete description of the president's budget plans for the coming fiscal year.

 

The Budget of the United States Government for fiscal years 1996 to the present is currently available on govinfo .

The SuDoc classification number is PREX 2.8:
This resource is available in PRINT and ONLINE

Fiscal Years 1996 to Present

2019 Budget

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