November 24, 1999
BULLETIN NO. 00-01
TO THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE
DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
of FY 2000 Discretionary Budget Authority
Bulletin provides guidance on the rescission of FY 2000 discretionary
budget authority and obligation limitations made by the FY 2000
Consolidated Appropriations Bill.
Background and coverage.
The FY 2000 Consolidated Appropriations Bill (relevant portion at
Attachment A) rescinds 0.38 percent of discretionary
budget authority and obligation limitations provided for FY 2000.
This includes advance appropriations for FY 2000 provided in FY
1999 or earlier years. It does not include FY 2001 advance
appropriations provided in the FY 2000 Consolidated Appropriation
Bill or other Acts.
The rescission applies
to each department, agency, instrumentality, or entity of the Federal
Government. There are no exceptions or exemptions. The rescission
applies to all net discretionary budget authority and obligation
The Bill requires:
- that no program,
project, or activity of any department, agency, instrumentality
or entity may be reduced by more than 15 percent, with "program,
project, and activities" as delineated in the appropriations Act
or accompanying report for the relevant account, or for accounts
and items not included in appropriations Acts, as delineated in
the most recently submitted President's budget;
- that no reduction
be taken from military personnel accounts;
- that reductions for
the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, Defense
Activities, shall be applied proportionally to all Defense accounts;
- that OMB report to
the Congress in the FY 2001 Budget on the allocation of the rescission.
Agencies will be separately provided with their rescission amount
by their OMB representative. Agencies have the discretion to determine
the allocation of their required rescission amount by budget account,
program, project, or activity, consistent with the provisions of
the law described above. Agencies are directed to use the following
criteria in making the allocation.
- Reductions should
be taken from the least critical funding available to the agency.
- Reductions should
be considered from enacted funding above the President's request.
- Wherever possible,
no reductions should be taken that would require reductions-in-force.
- Agencies should make
targeted recommendations rather than an across-the-board funding
Please note that the
Bill requires that all reductions are to be made from discretionary
budget authority and obligation limitations only.
submit their proposed allocation of the reduction by accounts and
the amounts of the rescission in the format of Attachment
B, and any additional supporting information requested by the
RMO, to their OMB representative by December 3, 1999.
Agencies are asked in
Attachment B to explain the overall allocation methodology for the
reductions, including a specific explanation of how reductions are
applied at the program, project, or activity level for reductions
of $10 million or more to any account. The reasons may include,
but are not limited to, the criteria mentioned above.
Agencies should reflect
their proposed allocations in their FY 2000 apportionments, which
are due to OMB 10 days after enactment of the FY 2000 Consolidated
Appropriations Bill. OMB will work with agencies on changes, if
any, to their proposed allocation as part of the apportionment process.
Questions regarding this Bulletin should be directed to the agency's
Jacob J. Lew
Bulletin No. 00-01
YEAR 2000 DISCRETIONARY BUDGET AUTHORITY RESCISSION
Sec._____ (a) Government-wide
Rescissions. -There is hereby rescinded an amount equal to 0.38
percent of the discretionary budget authority provided (or obligation
limit imposed) for fiscal year 2000 in this or any other Act for
each department, agency, instrumentality or entity of the Federal
(b) Restrictions. -In
carrying out the rescissions made by subsection (a), -
(1) no program, project
or activity of any department, agency, instrumentality or entity
may be reduced by more than 15 per cent (with "programs, projects,
and activities" as delineated in the appropriations Act or accompanying
report for the relevant account, or for accounts and items not included
in appropriations Acts, as delineated in the most recently submitted
(2) no reduction shall
be taken from any military personnel account, and
(3) The reduction for
the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy Defense Activities
shall be applied proportionately to all Defense accounts.
(c) Report. -The Director
of the Office of Management and Budget shall include in the President's
budget submitted for the fiscal year 2001 a report specifying
the reductions made to each account pursuant to this section.
Bulletin No. 00-01
of Fiscal Year 2000 Discretionary Budget Authority by Account
[For the Department/Agency
as a whole, describe the overall methodology that you used to
allocate the rescission.]
limitation in thousands of dollars)
FY 2000 Recission Amount
[List each Treasury
account to which the reduction is being applied.]
[For each account
with a reduction of $10 million or more, include a specific
explanation of how the reduction is applied at the program,
project, or activity level. Describe your methodology for applying
the reduction within the account including, where appropriate,
reference to the four criteria listed in the Bulletin.]