Records of the Office of Management and Budget [OMB]
(Record Group 51)
5,881 cu. ft.
Table of Contents
- 51.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
- 51.2 RECORDS OF THE COMMITTEE ON DEPARTMENT METHODS AND THE
PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON ECONOMY AND EFFICIENCY
127 lin. ft.
- 51.3 RECORDS OF THE BUREAU OF EFFICIENCY
232 lin. ft.
- 51.4 RECORDS OF THE CENTRAL BUREAU OF PLANNING AND STATISTICS
(CBPS) FORMERLY IN STATE DEPARTMENT CUSTODY
49 lin. ft.
- 51.5 RECORDS OF THE FEDERAL BOARD OF SURVEYS AND MAPS AND
SUCCESSOR UNITS IN THE BUREAU OF THE BUDGET
8 lin. ft.
- 51.6 RECORDS OF THE FEDERAL BOARD OF HOSPITALIZATION
32 lin. ft.
- 51.7 RECORDS OF THE CENTRAL STATISTICAL BOARDS (CSB)
41 lin. ft.
- 51.8 RECORDS OF THE BUREAU OF THE BUDGET (BOB)
1921-72 (bulk 1921-70)
3,580 lin. ft. and 1 roll of microfilm
- 51.8.1 Records of the Director's Office
- 51.8.2 Records of the Legislative Reference Division
- 51.8.3 Records of the Fiscal Analysis Division and Fiscal
- 51.8.4 Records of the Office of Budget Review
- 51.8.5 Records of the Office of Management and Organization and
- 51.8.6 Records of the Office of Financial Management
- 51.8.7 Records of the Resources and Civil Works Branch and
- 51.8.8 Records of the Office of Program Evaluation
- 51.8.9 Records of the Office of Executive Management
- 51.8.10 Records of the Division and Office of Statistical
- 51.8.11 Records of the Field Service
- 51.9 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
922 lin. ft.
- 51.9.1 Records of the Director's Office
- 51.9.2 Records of the Legislative Reference Division
- 51.9.3 Records of the Organization and Special Studies Division
- 51.9.4 Records of the Program Coordination Division
- 51.9.5 Records of the Statistical Policy Division
- 51.9.6 Records of the Energy, Food, and Analysis Division
- 51.9.7 Records of the Evaluation and Program Implementation
- 51.9.8 Records of the Human and Community Affairs Management
- 51.9.9 Records of the Natural Resources Division
- 51.9.10 Records of the Information Systems Policy Division
- 51.9.11 Records of the Intergovernmental Relations and Regional
- 51.9.12 Records of the Budget Review Division
- 51.9.13 Records of the Transportation, Commerce, and Housing
- 51.9.14 Records of the International Affairs Division
- 51.9.15 Records of the Natural Resources, Energy, and Science
- 51.9.16 Records of the Health and Income Maintenance Division and
its predecessor, the Human Resources Division
- 51.9.17 Records of the Justice, Treasury, and General Management
- 51.9.18 Records of the Labor, Veterans, and Education Division
- 51.10 RECORDS OF ADVISORY COMMITTEES AND BOARDS
5 lin. ft.
- 51.10.1 Records of the Advisory Committee on Fiscal Relations
between the United States and the District of Columbia
- 51.10.2 Records of the Fiscal and Monetary Advisory Board
- 51.10.3 Records of the Director of Liquidation and the
Liquidation Advisory Committee
- 51.11 RECORDS OF SPECIAL WORLD WAR II OFFICES
90 lin. ft.
- 51.11.1 Records of the War Records Section
- 51.11.2 Records relating to Eric H. Biddle's missions to Great
- 51.12 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL)
- 51.13 SOUND RECORDINGS (GENERAL)
- 51.14 STILL PICTURES (GENERAL)
Established: In the Executive Office of the President by EO 11541, July 1, 1970, implementing Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1970, effective July 1, 1970.
- Committee on Department Methods (Keep Commission, 1905-9)
- President's Commission on Economy and Efficiency (1910-13)
- Division of Efficiency, Civil Service Commission (1913-16)
- Bureau of Efficiency (1916-33)
- Central Bureau of Planning and Statistics (1918-19)
- Board of Surveys and Maps of the Federal Government (1919-36)
- Federal Board of Surveys and Maps (1936-42)
- Bureau of the Budget (BOB, 1921-70)
- Central Statistical Boards (1931-40)
Security-Classified Records: This record group may include material that is security-classified.
Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Office of Management and Budget and its predecessors in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.
|RECORD TYPES||RECORD LOCATIONS||QUANTITIES|
|Textual Records||Washington Area||5,849 cu. ft.|
|Eisenhower Library||2 cu. ft.|
|Johnson Library||13 cu. ft.|
|Kennedy Library||5 cu. ft.|
|Nixon Presidential Materials||7 cu. ft.|
|Maps and Charts||College Park||200 items|
|Arch/engrg Plans||College Park||52 items|
|Sound Recordings||College Park||14 items|
|Still Pictures||College Park||331 images|
* less than 1 cu. ft. of records in this repository
History: Committee on Department Methods (Keep Commission) appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905, to investigate and report ways to improve business methods and practices of Executive departments; discontinued, 1909. President's Commission on Economy and Efficiency appointed by President William Howard Taft under authority of the Civil Appropriations Act (36 Stat. 703), June 25, 1910, to make a comprehensive investigation of the Executive branch; expired, June 30, 1913.
Textual Records: Records relating to the organization and activities of the commission, 1910-13. Records relating to the history, organization, and operation of government agencies, 1910-13. Records concerning business procedure, budget-making, and personnel problems of the government, 1910-13. Interfiled records of the Committee on Department Methods, 1905-9.
Related Records: Additional Keep Commission records, 1904-8, in RG 95, Records of the Forest Service. Record copies of publications of the Keep Commission in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.
History: Division of Efficiency established in the Civil Service Commission, March 25, 1913. Became the independent Bureau of Efficiency by an act of February 28, 1916 (39 Stat. 15). Investigated duplication of statistical and other work in various branches of the Federal Government, including, beginning in 1928, the DC government. Abolished, effective June 3, 1933, by the Government Agencies Reorganization Act (47 Stat. 1519), March 3, 1933.
Textual Records: General files, 1913-33. Accounting records, 1913-33. Index to subjects in government publications and in other published material concerning government activities, 1913- 33.
History: CBPS organized, June 1918, as an independent agency reporting through Chairman Bernard Baruch of the War Industries Board. Responsible for producing a benchmark survey of government war activities in cooperation with other agencies that compiled or used economic information and statistics. Issued survey, Conspectus of Special War Activities of Executive Departments and Independent Establishments, August 14, 1918. Designated, December 1918, as the official source for economic data required by the U.S. delegation to the Paris Peace Conference. Dissolved, July 1, 1919, with the bulk of its records transferred to State Department custody and the rest to the Bureau of Efficiency (SEE 51.3).
Textual Records: Correspondence and minutes, 1918-19. Weekly and special reports to the President, 1918-19. Memorandums, 1918-19. General subject files ("Contact Material"), 1913-18. Conspectus, 1918. Data accumulated for and material sent to the Paris Peace Conference, 1919, with indexes, inventories, and lists. Reports and charts received or prepared by the bureau concerning U.S. shipping, labor, prices, railroads, food, fuel, and mineral resources and production, 1918-19.
Finding Aids: Gaiselle Kerner, comp., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Central Bureau of Planning and Statistics," PI 98 (1957).
History: Established as the Board of Surveys and Maps of the Federal Government by EO 3206, December 30, 1919, to coordinate and promote improved surveying and mapping activities by federal agencies. Name changed to Federal Board of Surveys and Maps by EO 7262, January 4, 1936. Abolished by EO 9094, March 10, 1942, and functions transferred to BOB.
Textual Records: Minutes, 1919-42. Correspondence of the board secretary and committees, 1919-42. Reports by committees and federal agencies concerning mapping activities, 1920-41.
Maps (200 items): U.S. maps, 1933-63, showing status of topographic mapping and aerial photography, and areas recommended for further mapping; with a published chart showing standard mapping symbols.
History: Established as a Presidential advisory agency by BOB Circular 44, November 1, 1921, with responsibility for coordinating federal hospitalization activities. Instructed to transmit recommendations to BOB Director for subsequent consideration by the President, by BOB Circular 146, October 24, 1924. Designated an advisory agency to BOB, by BOB Circular 419, May 7, 1943. Abolished, effective June 30, 1948, by BOB Circular A-27, May 28, 1948 (revised June 25, 1948), with functions assumed by BOB.
Textual Records: General records, including data on hospital standards and construction, and surveys of hospitals, 1921-48. Site files, 1921-48.
History: CSB ("first CSB") established by EO 6225, July 27, 1933, under authority of the National Industrial Recovery Act (48 Stat. 195), June 16, 1933, with responsibility to coordinate and improve federal statistical services. Continued by EO 7076, June 15, 1935. Abolished by an act of July 25, 1935 (49 Stat. 498), with functions transferred to a new CSB ("second CSB"), established by same act for a five-year period under supervision of an interagency Central Statistical Committee. New CSB became operational, March 11, 1936. Transferred to BOB by Reorganization Plan No. I of 1939, effective July 1, 1939, with supervisory functions previously exercised by Central Statistical Committee transferred to BOB Director. Abolished, July 25, 1940, with functions transferred to Division of Statistical Standards, BOB.
Textual Records: Reports, correspondence, memorandums, and statistical and other records of the boards, 1931-40. Records of predecessor and cooperating agencies, including the Federal Statistics Board, 1931-33; Office of Economic Adviser to the National Emergency Council, 1933-35; Central Statistical Board- Works Progress Administration Coordinating Committee, and its predecessors (Special Advisory Committee on Statistical Projects of the Civil Works Administration, Coordinator of Civil Works Administration, and Central Statistical Board), 1933-37; Special Committee on Returns Made by the Public to the Federal Government, 1938-39; American Statistical Association Committee on Government Statistics and Information Service, 1933-36; and American Statistical Association Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Labor, 1933-35.
History: Established in the Department of the Treasury, under the immediate direction of the President, by an act of June 10, 1921 (42 Stat. 20). Transferred to the Executive Office of the President by Reorganization Plan No. I of 1939, effective July 1, 1939. Assisted the President in formulating government fiscal programs, clearing legislative proposals from federal agencies, and preparing the annual budget. Developed efficiency plans. Coordinated federal statistical services. Advised the President about agency activities. Inherited functions of the President's Commission on Economy and Efficiency (SEE 51.2), the Bureau of Efficiency (SEE 51.3), and the Central Bureau of Planning and Statistics (SEE 51.4). Acquired functions of abolished Central Statistical Board (SEE 51.7), 1940; Federal Board of Surveys and Maps (SEE 51.5), 1942; and Federal Board of Hospitalization (SEE 51.6), 1948. Abolished, 1970. SEE 51.1.
Textual Records: Central subject files, 1921-38 (104 ft.), and subject files of the Director, 1939-68 (256 ft.), with combined index, 1921-47. Director's chronological files, October 1957- December 1970 (in Eisenhower, Johnson, and Kennedy Libraries, and Nixon Presidential Materials). Office files, 1961-68, of Director David Bell (1961-62), Director Kermit Gordon (1962-65), Assistant Director and Director Charles Schultze (1962-68), Director Charles Zwick (1968-69), and other BOB officials. Records relating to administrative management and organization, 1921-68. Records, 1932-35, relating to the organization of the Executive branch under the Economy Act of 1933. Records relating to the organization of the Federal Government, 1939-68 (231 ft.). Microfilm copy of miscellaneous records, 1935-38 (1 roll, in Roosevelt Library).
Textual Records: General legislation files, 1921-38. Legislative history files, 1921-72 (1,157 ft.). Executive orders and proclamations files, 1939-69. Subject files, 1939-70. Legislative clearance files, 1929-39. Public land order case files, 1942-52.
Textual Records: Records relating to BOB analysis of federal programs on a functional basis, 1939-69, and including files of the Economic Adviser Section, 1952-60.
Textual Records: General records of the Estimates Division, 1939- 52, and its successor, the Budget Methods Branch, 1952-69. Records of the Budget Preparation Branch, 1952-69. Director's budget review files, 1941-52. President's budget review files, 1948-52. Records relating to preparation of the annual budget, 1953-61. General budgetary administration subject files, 1939-69 (558 ft.). Annual budget estimates, 1939-61 (270 ft.). Supplemental and deficiency budget estimates, 1939-61. Budget execution records, 1939-69. Miscellaneous budgetary administration records, 1939-70 (594 ft.).
History: Federal Government Branch, established 1921, became the Administrative Management Division, 1939, and the Office of Management and Organization, 1952. Superseded, 1969, by the Organization and Special Studies Division (SEE 51.9.3), and the Organization and Systems Management Division.
Textual Records: General administrative records, 1921-39. Program records, 1926-39. Subject files relating to management improvement projects in budgetary and fiscal administration and financial reporting ("Project 16"), 1939-42. Administrative project files, 1939-50. Records of the Management Improvement and Research Branch, 1952-68. Records of the Property and Supply Management Branch, 1952-68. Records of the Personnel Management Branch, 1953-68. Records of the Intergovernmental Relations Branch, 1952-68. Records of the Automatic Data Processing Management Branch, 1961-68.
History: Accounting group established, 1948, in Administrative Management Division to implement joint BOB-Department of the Treasury-Comptroller General program to improve government accounting and financial management systems. Placed in Office of Management and Organization, 1952. Became separate Office of Accounting, 1956. Renamed Office of Financial Management, 1960.
Textual Records: Records relating to the financial management improvement program, 1952-68.
Textual Records: General records relating to mapping and surveying, 1940-65. General records relating to selection of special projects, 1946-68. Records relating to BOB participation in the Atomic Energy Commission-Tennessee Valley Authority- Mississippi Power Company proposal ("Dixon-Yates Controversy"), 1953-61.
History: Established as the Program Evaluation Staff, Office of the Director, BOB, March 1965, to implement the Programming- Planning-Budgeting System throughout the Federal Government. Became Office of Program Evaluation, January 1969.
Textual Records: Subject files, 1965-70. Reports, 1966-68. Program records, 1965-68.
Textual Records: Program records of the Operational Coordination and Management Systems Division, 1967-68.
History: Central Statistical Board (SEE 51.7) expired, July 25, 1940, and functions assumed by the Division of Statistical Standards, established pursuant to EO 8248, September 8, 1939, to develop, coordinate, and improve the quality of federal statistical systems. Became Office of Statistical Standards, April 1952.
Textual Records: General records, 1940-68. Subject area statistical records, 1940-68.
Textual Records: Summary reports of the Washington, DC, office and memorandum reports of field offices on the organization and administration of federal, state, and local government field offices, 1943-53.
Textual Records: Subject files of the Director, 1969-74. Program records, 1972-76, and administrative records, 1973-74, of the Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for Federal Drug Management. Subject files of the Assistant to the Director for Administration, 1968-76. Files of Executive orders and Presidential proclamations maintained by the General Counsel, 1968-76. Program records of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, 1975-76, including program records of the Assistant Administrators for Contract Administration, Logistics, and Regulations.
Sound Recordings (13 items): Press conferences, speeches, and briefings by OMB Directors George Shultz, Roy Ash, Bert Lance, and James Lynn, and by other OMB officials, 1970-80. SEE ALSO 51.13.
Textual Records: Records relating to public and private laws and unenacted legislation of the 93d and 94th Congresses, 1973-76.
Textual Records: Program records of the Government Organization Branch, 1969-72. Subject files of the President's Departmental Reorganization Program, 1971-73. Chronological file, January 1971-May 1972, and reports, 1971-73, of the National Commission on Productivity.
Textual Records: Program records, 1969-73.
Textual Records: Division program records, 1969-77. Records relating to international statistical programs, 1969-75. Program records of the Clearance Office, 1969-75. OMB publications, 1968- 74.
Textual Records: Program records of the Management/Economic Analysis Branch, 1975-76.
Textual Records: Program records, 1969-76.
Textual Records: Program records, 1973-76.
Textual Records: Program records of the Agriculture Branch, 1969- 76. Budgetary records, FY 1970-77, and program records, 1969-76, of the Environmental Branch. Program records of the Interior Branch, 1969-76.
Textual Records: Program records of the Information Systems Branch, 1973-76.
Textual Records: Division program records, 1969-76. Program records of the Field Operations Branch, 1974-76. Program records of the Grants Management Branch, 1975-76.
Textual Records: Program records of the Deputy Assistant for Budget Review, 1969-74. Program records, 1969-72, and supplemental and amended budget estimates and requests, 1969-76, of the Budget Preparation Branch. Program records of the Resources Systems Branch, 1969-74. Subject files, 1968-76, and Government Accounting Office correspondence files, 1966-76, of the Financial Management Branch.
Textual Records: Records of the Economics and Government Division, 1965-76. Program records of the Commerce Branch, 1969- 76. Program records, 1969-76, and budget records, 1965-76, of the Housing Branch. Program records of the Transportation Branch, 1969-76.
Textual Records: Budgetary records of the International Security Affairs Branch, 1965-76.
Textual Records: Program records, 1973-74.
Textual Records: Division program records, 1967-70. Office files, 1970-76; program records, 1969-76; and budgetary records, 1969- 76, of the Income Maintenance Branch. Program records, 1969-76, of the Health Branch.
Textual Records: Program records of the General Management Branch, 1969-76. Program records of the Treasury-Justice Branch, 1969-76.
Textual Records: Program records of the Education Branch, 1969- 76. Program records of the Veterans Affairs Branch, 1969-76. Program records of the Labor Manpower Branch, 1969-76.
History: Appointed under Presidential directive to BOB, July 1, 1936, pursuant to the District of Columbia Appropriation Act for 1937 (49 Stat. 1855), June 23, 1936, to study fiscal relations between the United States and the District and to determine the amount of the annual federal subsidy to the District. Submitted final report, December 19, 1936.
Textual Records: Correspondence, memorandums, minutes, and reports, 1936. Records relating to general and public school population, employment conditions, public relief, tax assessments and rates, and other social and economic conditions in the District, 1936. Records concerning fiscal relations between foreign governments and their capital cities, 1936.
History: Appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, November 18, 1938, to advise him on fiscal and monetary matters. Ceased to function, ca. 1940.
Textual Records: Records accumulated by BOB Acting Director Daniel W. Bell as a board member, 1938-40, including lists of public relief projects and board recommendations; memorandums concerning Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace's farmers' income certificate plan; and summary studies of such subjects as the impact of public spending on the national economy, national production and unemployment, state and local relief legislation, and the feasibility of establishing a federal railroad equipment authority.
History: Established in the Office for Emergency Management by EO 9674, January 4, 1946, to assist in liquidating temporary World War II agencies. Terminated, effective June 30, 1946, by EO 9744, June 27, 1946.
Textual Records: Minutes of the January 28, 1946, committee meeting. Director's final report, June 18, 1946. General records, 1946, concerning liquidation status, plans, and problems. Processed copy of "A Study of the Liquidation of War Agencies," by George E. Allen, October 1945.
History: Project to collect and analyze materials on the administrative history of the emergency defense program established in the Division of Administrative Management, BOB, August 4, 1941. Project assigned to Committee on War Records Section, under the supervision of the Committee on Records of War Administration, March 22, 1942. Renamed War Records Section, 1943; terminated, June 30, 1946.
Textual Records: General records, 1941-47. Records relating to the history of war administration, 1940-47. Records received from other federal agencies, 1940-47.
History: Eric H. Biddle, Secretary of the Special Housing Mission to Great Britain of the National Housing Agency, prepared, under sponsorship of the American Public Welfare Association (APWA), a study of the impact of aerial bombardment on public welfare activities and conditions in Great Britain, 1941, during the course of which he was appointed Foreign Observer for BOB. He also headed BOB's Special Mission to Great Britain, 1942-46.
Textual Records: Records of the Office of the Foreign Observer relating to Biddle's activities on behalf of the APWA, 1941. Records of the Special Mission to Great Britain, 1942-46, including some records of the Special Housing Mission, 1941-42.
Architectural Drawings: White House, including proposed east and west wings by architect Lorenzo Winslow and a report on Presidential office space, 1942-54.
SEE Maps UNDER 51.5.
Press conference by President Lyndon B. Johnson, May 3, 1968.
SEE UNDER 51.9.1.
Photographs: Portraits of BOB and OMB Directors, Assistant Directors, and personnel; photographs of Presidents Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, and Jimmy Carter, and pre-Presidential photographs of Ronald Reagan; and views of celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Executive Office of the President, 1921-77 (P).
Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.
This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.