Latest U.S. Office of Management and Budget News

Census ready to study combining race, ethnicity questions

May. 06, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

U.S. Census Bureau officials said Friday they are ready to start examining changes that would combine race and ethnicity questions and add a Middle Eastern and North African category to the 2030 census questionnaire, but they have to wait for another federal office to start the conversation. ...

Plan to ban menthol cigarettes prompts late lobbying blitz

Apr. 22, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As federal officials finalize a long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes, dozens of interest groups have met with White House staffers to try to influence the process, which has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives while wiping out billions in tobacco sales. ...

Biden to require US-made steel, iron for infrastructure

Apr. 18, 2022 09:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is taking a key step toward ensuring that federal dollars will support U.S. manufacturing — issuing requirements for how projects funded by the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package source their construction material. New...

Democrats laud $4B bill pay; GOP says jobless fund shorted

Mar. 27, 2022 10:15 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats in Springfield are celebrating approval of legislation that wipes out $4.1 billion in debt. In fewer than 24 hours last week, lawmakers and Gov. J.B. Pritzker OK'd a package that significantly reduces the state tab in the pandemic-battered...

Biden COVID coordinators leaving in April, Jha to take over

Mar. 17, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients and his deputy Natalie Quillian are leaving the administration next month, the White House announced Thursday. They will be replaced by Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. ...

Under the hood of $1.5T bill for Ukraine, pandemic, agencies

Mar. 11, 2022 10:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even for Congress, the $1.5 trillion price tag for its bipartisan package helping Ukraine and financing federal agencies for the last half of this year is a lot of money. And 2,741 pages is a long, long bill. In fact, the measure and its cost are so daunting that...

Under the hood of $1.5T bill for Ukraine, pandemic, agencies

Mar. 10, 2022 23:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even for Congress, the $1.5 trillion price tag for its bipartisan package helping Ukraine and financing federal agencies for the last half of this year is a lot of money. And 2,741 pages is a long, long bill. In fact, the measure and its cost are so daunting that...

Biden seeks $10B for aid to Ukraine, $22.5B for coronavirus

Mar. 03, 2022 18:09 PM EST

The Biden administration is seeking another $10 billion to help protect Ukraine against the Russian invasion and $22.5 billion more to cover pandemic-related expenses, two major additions to budget talks already underway. The acting director of the White House Office of Management...

Biden halts oil, gas leases amid legal fight on climate cost

Feb. 22, 2022 16:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is delaying decisions on new oil and gas drilling on federal land and other energy-related actions after a federal court blocked the way officials were calculating the real-world costs of climate change. The administration said in a legal...

White House spending targets social justice; criteria vague

Feb. 19, 2022 14:32 PM EST

WINSLOW, Ariz. (AP) — This once-bustling city in northern Arizona has a troubled relationship with rain. Winslow needs it, but just a little can overwhelm a levee system that officials have pleaded with the federal government for years to fix. Local officials believe a push from...