Republican Senators John Thune (S.D.) and Jeff Sessions (Ala.) this week criticized the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for failing to meet a legally mandated analysis in its recent report on sequestration.
Sequestration - the spending cuts slated to take effect early next year - resulted from a congressional package agreed to as a tactic to force lawmakers to take action before 2013 to address the $16 trillion and climbing debt. The congressionally mandated OMB report was criticized for being delayed by nearly a month and for failing to explain the impact the cuts will have at the program, project, and activity level. In short, the sequestration report did not provide the level of detail required under the law, according to Senators Thune and Sessions.
In a letter submitted to the OMB this week, the two Senators wrote, "With sequestration scheduled to take effect in just over three months, it is critical that information be made public. We respectfully ask that you inform us when Congress and the American people might expect this information."