The Office of Budget directs and manages formulation, presentation, justification, and execution funds control for the Department of the Interior budget. The Office of Budget also serves as the Budget Officer for the Office of the Secretary and the Interior Business Center. The Office serves as the Department’s liaison to the Congressional Appropriations staff, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), other Federal Agencies, and the Department's budget community on budget and appropriations issues. POB manages the process of assessing resource needs - taking into consideration Administration and Secretarial priorities, program performance goals and accomplishments, policy guidance, legislative direction and requirements, and overall spending targets and limitations for mandatory and discretionary portions of the Federal budget. POB works closely with the Department's senior leadership to incorporate Departmental priorities into the annual budget and provides support to the Secretary in preparation for the annual Appropriations hearings on the budget. Each year, POB publishes the Interior Budget in Brief and 19 bureau and office congressional budget justification books to assist the Congressional Appropriations Committees and the public in understanding the details of the President's budget request for the Department's programs.
The Office of Budget advises the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget and senior Departmental leadership, through the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Finance, Performance, and Acquisition, on Department-wide and Office of the Secretary specific budget matters. The Office is led by the Director, Denise Flanagan, who is assisted by the Deputy Director, Adrianne Moss, administrative support staff, and the following divisions:
A. Division of Budget and Program Review
The Division of Budget and Program Review, led by Jason Freihage, provides budget examination, analysis, and comprehensive reviews for budget formulation, presentation, and defense before senior Departmental leadership, OMB and Congress. The Division ensures the review and clearance of all Congressional budget hearing materials provided for the record, and works with Interior Bureaus and Offices to develop briefing materials to prepare the Secretary of the Interior for annual budget hearings.
B. Division of Budget Administration and Departmental Management
The Division of Budget Administration and Departmental Management, led by Thomas Wayson, is organized into three branches:
- Office of the Secretary Budget Office
- Budget Administration
- Budget Reporting and Operations
The Division provides the full suite of operational budget services for the Office of the Secretary and the Interior Business Center (the Department’s Shared Service Provider). The Division manages the principal Departmental funds control activities including apportionment of funding from OMB, oversees compliance with statutory funding requirements, and issues formulation and execution guidance to Bureaus and Offices. The Division also manages the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which provides payments to approximately 1,900 state and local governments for lands administered by Interior and other Federal agencies including the U.S. Forest Service.