The Obama administration’s fiscal 2014 budget request, due on Capitol Hill by Feb. 4, will be late, according to the acting head of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Because of revenue and spending uncertainties created by the “fiscal cliff” negotiations that were partially settled only early this month, the administration had to hold off on some of its budget preparations, which will in turn delay submission of the request to Congress, Jeff Zients said in a Jan. 11 letter to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Zients did not give a revised timetable, saying only that the White House will submit the request “as soon as possible.”
Zients’ letter, released Monday by the committee, came in response to a query from Ryan last week on when the request would be delivered. A postponement had been widely expected. While delays are not unusual, some analysts predict that lawmakers probably won’t see the 2014 submission until March.
In a Twitter post, Ryan suggested that it would be a “small step toward fiscal sanity” to propose a budget on time.
OMB representatives did not immediately reply to an emailed question on whether agencies have been given the “passback” documents that spell out the administration’s decisions on agencies’ budget requests. Passbacks usually are sent to the agencies in late November but were delayed.