OMB Circular No. A-11 (

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

OMB Circular No. A-11


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OMB Circular A-11, updated annually, instructs agencies how to prepare their budget submissions. Provides detailed guidance to executive departments and establishments by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for preparing and submitting the President’s budget and executing the budget.

What is the purpose of [OMB Circular No. A-11]?

Part 1: Provides an overview of the budget process. It discusses the basic laws that regulate the budget process and the terms and concepts you need to know to understand the budget process and this Circular. (Sections numbered 10 through 22)

Part 2: Covers development of the President’s Budget and tells you how to prepare and submit materials required for OMB and Presidential review of agency requests and for formulation of the FY 2020 Budget, including development and submission of performance budgets for FY 2020. A significant portion of this part focuses on the preparation of the Budget Appendix and the related database. Detailed instructions for a number of requirements not directly related to the preparation and production of the budget are accessible through electronic links that are provided in section 25. (Sections numbered 25 through 95)

Part 3: Discusses sequestration, supplementals and amendments, deferrals and Presidential proposals to rescind or cancel funds, and investments. (Sections numbered 100 through 113)

Part 4: Provides instructions on budget execution, including guidance on the apportionment and reapportionment process, a report on budget execution and budgetary resources (SF 133), and a checklist for fund control regulations. (Sections numbered 120 through 150)

Part 5: Covers Federal credit programs, including requirements related to the preparation of budget estimates and to budget execution. (Section number 185)

Part 6: Describes requirements under GPRA Modernization Act, the Program Management Improvement Accountability Act, and the Administration’s approach to performance management and program/project management including a) requirements for agency strategic plans, annual performance plans and reports on a central website; b) Agency Priority Goals and Cross-Agency Priority Goals; c) reviews of agency performance and portfolios of programs; d) program and project management; e) managing customer experience and improving service delivery and f) elimination of unnecessary agency plans and reports. (Sections numbered 200 through 290).

Part 7: Contains supplementary materials. (Appendices numbered A through K and the Capital Programming guide)

From Guide to OMB Circular A-11, 2018 (see Introduction and Glossary from Circular No. A-11 (2018) (6-page PDFPDF))

Also see Office of Management and Budget (OMB); § 7.42, Office of Management and Budget Publications for Agencies, in Congressional Deskbook; The Federal Budget Process.


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