Obama budget chief asks agencies for deep cuts

Orszag's comments are excerpted from a speech he will make later Tuesday at the Center for American Progress.

He claims there are more than 110 funded programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in 14 departments and agencies; more than 100 programs that support youth mentoring scattered across 13 agencies; and more than 40 programs located in 11 departments with responsibility for employment and training. 

"This redundancy wastes resources," he said, adding that "non-security agencies would reduce their budgets by 5 percent, which will give us the ability to achieve the overall non-security freeze even while meeting inevitable new needs and priorities."