While the White House will send its budget proposal to lawmakers Feb. 13, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to give an overview of major changes in DoD spending on Jan. 26. (Jewel Samad / AFP via Getty Images)
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will send the White House's 2013 budget proposal to Congress on Feb. 13, a week later than expected.
An administration official said Feb. 13 was chosen "based on the need to finalize decisions and technical details of the document."
The budget usually comes out the first Monday in February, which is Feb. 6. Officials across the federal government had been preparing for a budget release on that date.
Last year, the White House sent its budget proposal to lawmakers on Feb. 14.
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Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama announced he had named OMB Director Jacob Lew to be his chief of staff. Last week, the president announced that Jeffrey Zients, Lew's deputy at OMB, would serve as the office's acting director.