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OMB REPORT CITES BENEFITS:
Zero-base budgeting going well
WASHINGTON (AP)-A report by report said that despite some problems, (ZBB) is to justify all programs, even describing how they could get by for
the Office of Management and Budget the technique is off to a good start after those that have been around for years, less. Most agencies had trouble figuring
(OMB) said zero-base budgeting or- a one-year tryout. from scratch. Hence, the name. out what minimum level of money they
dered by President Carter is off to a In effect, federal agencies will be More importantly, agency officials could get by on.
good start after a one-year tryout. shedding the training wheels they used are supposed to assign each spending
The president's new budget rules last year when they gave the alternative a rank, from the most im- THE REPORT DIDN'T attempt to
resulted in 25 jobs being cut from the poresident's budget review officers two portant to the least important. This place a dollar value on savings from the
federal job-safety agency and led the sets of requests, one prepared in the amounts to saying which spending first year of zero-base budgeting. "We
Coast Guard to eliminating a boating new zero-base format and the other in project canbe cut first, something don't want to oversell this thing," said
program which had served its purpose, traditional form. government officials are reluctant to George Strauss of OMB.
the White House said yesterday. Traditionally, federal agencies seek do. But the report did give Some exam-
THOSE WERE AMONG the benefits enough money to cover the costs of last The report acknowledged some ples of bebefits claimed for the first
claimed for the first year of zero-base year's programs, allowing for inflation, problems. Officials sometimes had year, including the trimming of 25 ow-
budgeting, which Carter has ordered plus new programs. They tend to spend trouble figuring out what they were priority jobs from the Occupational
the federal government to rely on ex- most of their time and effort justifying supposed to accomplish with the tax- Safety and Health Administrationrsda
clusively in preparing spending requests for the new programs. payer's money. Some officials simply recommendation by the Coast Guard to
requests for next year. The OMB THE IDEA OF zero-base budgeting warned higher-ups of consequences of phase out a program of assisting states
cutting their funds, rather than to conduct safe-boating programs.
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