OMB Issues FY 2019 Budget Guidance to Agencies 

The Office of Management and Budget has issued its guidelines to federal agencies for 2019 budget submissions, effectively telling them to get comfortable with lower civilian spending and workforce levels. In a memo from OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, agencies are told their spending priorities are to reflect the administration’s efforts to reorganize the government and restructure the federal workforce. The directive said 2019 budgets should be no higher than 2018 submissions, and investments in programs OMB has identified as effective should increase no more than 5 percent. Agency budget submissions are due to OMB by Sept. 11 

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