FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
for Development of the FY 2002 Transition Budget
memorandum describes our plans for the preparation of the FY 2002
Transition Budget and specifies requirements for the development
of baseline data and other materials, including revised deadlines
for reporting budget data.
Act directs the President to submit a budget to Congress by the
first Monday in February. Therefore, the FY 2002 Budget will be
submitted by the next President. However, in order to lay the groundwork
for the incoming Administration's budget and to facilitate development
of that budget during the transition, we intend to prepare a Transition
Budget. It will consist of a technical presentation of current services
information, an economic update, and a programmatic update, similar
to the narrative materials included in the main budget volume of
the FY 2001 Budget.
You will be
asked to provide all the data required to construct a complete baseline
budget by account for FYs 2002 through 2011, as well as actual data
for the past year (PY) and policy data for the current year (CY),
by the middle of December. You will be asked to complete the technical
review of PY and CY data, including identification of anomalies.
In addition, you will be asked to submit an integrated annual performance
plan with goals based on current services budget levels, associating
budgetary resources with agency goals, by the middle of October.
The timetable for developing these materials is attached.
Budget Submissions and the Fall Budget Review Process
We will not
ask you for your formal request in September, and there will be
no formal agency hearings or Director's Review process this Fall.
Most of the policy materials you usually submit in September in
support of your budget requests will not be required until after
the new Administration (or a transition team) is in place, although
you may be asked to provide information on selected topics in the
Fall by your OMB representatives. If you are asked to provide such
information, the data will be prepared on a current services basis.
time, you should proceed with your internal review procedures in
order to lay the groundwork for the incoming Administration's budget;
you should work with your OMB representatives to identify key programmatic
and budget issues requiring decisions after the inauguration. Most
of you are now, or soon will be, working on your FY 2002 Budget
requests. Even though we will not ask you for your formal requests
in September, you are encouraged to continue working on them and
to share appropriate information with your OMB representatives so
you will be ready to provide a formal budget submission on a fast
track after the transition.
OMB will also
use this time to focus on program performance and technical issues,
and your OMB representatives may work with you on improving alignment
of your budget accounts and the programs, goals, and objectives
reflected in your performance plans.
crosscutting reviews (e.g., research and development, food safety,
national security), you will not be required to provide FY 2002
budget information this Fall. However, it is particularly important
that you continue to work with OMB and the other appropriate EXOP
offices to ensure coordination for crosscutting programs so they
can be handed off to the next Administration.
purposes, crosscutting budget data should be based on current services
2002 Performance Plans
You will be
asked to submit FY 2002 performance plans in mid-October. The performance
goals in these plans should be based on current services estimates
updated to reflect final congressional action. The plans should
also include FY 2000 and earlier year trend data on performance
measures. OMB's review of the plans will emphasize performance levels
based on current services that do not include policy initiatives.
As in the past,
the plans should provide a succinct description of your mission
and long-term goals, based on the Strategic Plan that you will have
sent to OMB and the Congress in September. Many of you will need
to adjust your annual performance goals to reflect the updated strategic
plans and the means and strategies you will use to achieve those
goals. This information will serve as one point of focus as we work
with you to understand better the relationships between budgetary
resources and performance results.
to incorporate the new Administration's policies, you will send
your FY 2002 performance plans to Congress concurrent with the transmittal
of your congressional budget justifications.
A-11 provides guidance on the preparation and submission of budget
estimates. Most of the changes needed to accommodate the transition
relate to timing and not specific requirements. The revised Circular
will contain a section that outlines the timing of requirements
associated with the FY 2002 Transition Budget. We plan to issue
the revised Circular in early July.
We expect to
send you another memorandum after the transition has begun that
will provide guidance on policy development for FY 2002. That memorandum
would describe the process and timing for submitting agency requests,
information required for analytical purposes, budget data, and other
materials that will be used to prepare the incoming Administration's
budget. We anticipate that current services data may need to be
adjusted to reflect the economic assumptions of the incoming Administration
and that current year policy estimates may need to be adjusted to
reflect supplementals, rescissions, and other changes resulting
from new policy. The guidance will address these requirements.
TRANSITION BUDGET: PRODUCTION SCHEDULE
OMB Circular No. A-11 issued
Agencies submit updated and revised strategic plans to OMB
and the Congress
by September 30
[FY 2001 appropriations bills enacted
Agencies submit initial drafts of GPRA FY 2002 performance
plans, with current services performance
MAX database available for agency input
Economic assumptions released
Prior-year Treasury actual data loaded into MAX
FY 2002 Transition Budget released