When the White House releases the federal budget request each year, it’s an opportunity for federal agencies and departments to list their priorities, announce new initiatives and detail the programs — along with the funding levels to support those programs— each will undertake. But this year, in a nod to the climate of budgetary uncertainty and a Congress increasingly looking toward cuts, all of the agency budgets not only detail how they will spend money in fiscal-year 2013, but how they will save money.
Phrases and terms, such as “cutting … costs,” “making tough choices,” “streamlining,” “efficiencies,” litter the official 2013 White House budget released Monday. The Health and Human Services Department, for example, aims to save hundreds of millions of dollars through more robust efforts to cut back on waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The Treasury Department has proposed consolidating two departments — the Bureau of Public Debt and the Financial Management Service — into a single agency.
Below, find an agency-by-agency funding breakdown of the official 2013 budget request. (2013 numbers, which are approximate and represent proposed discretionary spending, are compared to the equivalent 2012 spending estimate).
Includes savings from administrative efficiencies, consolidating regional offices and eliminating overlapping programs
The budget proposes “adopting a leaner, more efficient approach” for five particular offices: the Women’s Bureau, OSHA, the Office of the Solicitor, the Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Office of Public Affairs
Aims to bolster the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation