The Obama administration is asking federal agencies to identify how to trim 5 percent of their budgets, a top official will say Tuesday.
Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), said the administration has directed non-security agencies to name ways in which they could reduce spending, primarily by axing poorly performing discretionary programs.
"We are asking each agency to develop a list of their bottom 5 percent performing discretionary programs, as measured by their impact in furthering the agency’s mission," Orszag will say Tuesday morning during a speech at the Center for American Progress.
The message will be underscored in a joint memo to be released Tuesday morning by Orszag and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, The Washington Post reported.
The new push comes amid an effort by the president to emphasize fiscal discipline as polls show greater voter frustration over the budget, and as Republicans hammer away at the administration and Democrats in Congress over the budget.
"This is fiscal recklessness, plain and simple," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate nearing deal on defense bill after setback On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Schumer eyeing Build Back Better vote as soon as week of Dec. 13 MORE (R-Ky.) said of Democrats' fiscal stewardship on Monday on the Senate floor, referring to news that the national debt has reached $13 trillion.
"So even in the face of public outrage, Democrats are showing either that they just don’t get it on this issue of the debt, or that they just don’t care," the top Senate Republican added.
Democrats, for their part, have sought to demonstrate seriousness about deficits by supporting plans President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHead of North Carolina's health department steps down Appeals court appears wary of Trump's suit to block documents from Jan. 6 committee Patent trolls kill startups, but the Biden administration has the power to help MORE has to freeze non-security discretionary spending over the next three years. Democrats in Congress have also expressed support for the commission Obama established to examine the nation's fiscal health, which was established earlier this year by executive order after Republicans and some Democrats voted down legislation to charter such a commission.
Still, Republicans have cried foul at Democrats' pledges to keep spending under control, pointing out that no budget has been passed for the year while urging the president to use his rescission powers to cut spending immediately.