Memorandum: For the Heads of Departments and Agencies This memorandum and the attachment provide an overview ofthe Executive branch's formal legislative coordination and clearance process. Please share this with policy officials in your agency.
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 01,2017 - Memorandum: For the Heads of Departments and Agencies
FROM: Mick Mulvaney
SUBJECT: Legislative Coordination and Clearance
This memorandum and the attachment provide an overview ofthe Executive branch's formal legislative coordination and clearance process. Please share this with policy officials in your agency.
Adherence to the requirements ofthe clearance process serves the needs ofthe President by ensuring that agency legislative proposals and recommendations, as well as testimony, are consistent with his policies and programs. We request that agency legislative proposals, letters, and testimony discussing or involving legislation be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as far in advance ofa needed clearance as feasible.
OMB runs a clearance process on these items, which requires sufficient time to review and coordinate with all relevant agencies, and offices in the Executive Office ofthe President.
OMB Circular No. A-19 details the requirements and procedures for legislative coordination and clearance. The attachment summarizes the major elements and the essential purposes ofthe clearance process.
We will be working with you to ensure the timely transmittal to Congress of legislative proposals necessary to support the President's legislative agenda and the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. As decisions are made on these matters, we will be in contact about details related to the drafting, review, and clearance ofthese proposals.
Thank you for your cooperation.
THE LEGISLATIVE CLEARANCE FUNCTION
This paper summarizes the major elements of the legislative clearance function that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), working with other offices in the Executive Office ofthe President (EOP) and with the agencies, carries out on behalf of the President.
The President's legislative responsibilities are founded in his constitutional duties and powers. In executing his executive duties, the President generally outlines legislative recommendations through the Inaugural address, State ofthe Union address, Budget, Economic Report, and other communications. The compilation ofthese recommendations constitutes the President's Program. In supporting the President's Program, agencies within the Administration: (1) submit to the Congress legislative proposals needed to carry out the President's Program; (2) convey the Administration's views on legislation that the Congress has under consideration; and
(3) recommend approval or disapproval ofbills passed by the Congress.
OMB's legislative clearance function allows for all affected agencies to engage and reconcile differences on legislative proposals and communications that are cleared and transmitted to the Congress. The primary goals of the clearance process are to ensure that: (1) agencies' legislative communications with Congress are consistent with the President's policies and objectives; and
(2) the Administration "speaks with one voice" regarding legislation. During clearance, OMB circulates items to affected agencies and EOP offices for their review, and ensures that all issues are resolved before providing final clearance to the transmitting agency.
Items that are Subject to the Clearance Process
Legislative Proposals -All draft legislation that Executive branch agencies