The Washington Post

White House to unveil budget plan in mid-February

(Joshua Roberts/BLOOMBERG)

The budget release date is later than in past administrations and is traditionally released on the first Monday in February. But it is consistent with the release of President Obama’s 2012 budget on Feb. 14 last year.

OMB, which drafts and releases the budget proposal, said it does not plan to print complementary paper copies of the budget for the news media, in keeping with the Obama administration’s push to reduce unnecessary or frivolous spending.

Earlier this month, budget director Jacob Lew was named White House chief of staff. Obama appointed Jeffrey Zients to serve another round as OMB acting director.

The budget will be posted online for free, and the Government Printing Office also plans to sell paper copies, OMB said.

The administration has identified dozens of ways to curtail spending, most of which involve cutting back on printing costs.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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