OMB releases agency IT budget submission requirements

The Office of Management and Budget, for the first time, is making public the requirements and instructions agencies must use when preparing their IT budget requests for the next fiscal year.

Releasing this information will not only provide greater transparency, but it will also give interested vendors more insight into an agency's IT needs, OMB officials said.

'Making this information publicly available increases opportunities for new contractors to support agencies in preparing their IT budget requests and, at the same time, allows agencies the flexibility to hire the best fit when they need support preparing their IT budget needs,' said Karen Evans, OMB administrator of E-government and IT.

Agencies and supporting contractors use the instructions as they fill out their Exhibit 300s, which are business cases for their IT investments.

The public guidelines contain a data dictionary that OMB said should help nontechnical professionals better understand agency IT needs and determine if they have any services to offer.

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