Though the Pentagon will be late in submitting a budget this year, the process of crafting the spending plan received a nudge last week.
The White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued so-called passback guidance to the Department of Defense on Jan. 29, according to Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Elizabeth Robbins.
“The next step is to continue working with OMB to produce the FY ‘14 President’s Budget,” she said over e-mail.
The passback is the OMB’s revised version of the budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 that the Pentagon submitted to it last fall. In past years, the White House budget office issued passbacks to the Pentagon and other federal agencies the week after Thanksgiving. That kicked off a process intended to lead up to an unveiling of the administration’s budget for the federal government the first week of February.