Order Code RS21197
April 12, 2002
CRS Report for Congress
Received through the CRS Web
FY2003 Budget and Related Documents:
Internet Access and GPO Availability
Senior Research Librarian
Information Research Division
In February, the President submits to Congress a series of budget volumes which
contain the President’s budget proposals for the upcoming fiscal year, historical data, and
analytical supplements. Early in the year, the Economic Report of the President is
released by the Council of Economic Advisors, and the Congressional Budget Office
issues its publications, Budget and Economic Outlook and Analysis of the President’s
Budget. Neither CRS nor the Library of Congress can provide giveaway copies of these
documents. This report provides brief descriptions, together with Internet addresses and
Government Printing Office (GPO) stock numbers and prices for these documents.
Information is also provided on how to find locations of government depository libraries,
which can provide both printed copies for reference use and Internet access.
The President’s Budget Documents
Both the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and GPO provide Internet
access to the main and supporting budget documents, spreadsheet files, the public budget
database, and budget amendments and supplementals proposed by the President:
To perform word searches across budget documents online:
Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2003
Stock number 041-001-00571-4, $64, 426 p.
Provides overviews of government activities by agency and topic (the war on
terrorism, homeland defense, health, international assistance, etc.), color photos, charts,
and graphs on the President’s new budget proposals, discussions of governing with
accountability, congressional earmarks, and budget function tables in each agency chapter.
Congressional Research Service ˜ The Library of Congress
summary tables with projections of budget baselines, receipts, and outlays for FY2002FY2012 appear on pages 393-417. Note that the summary tables contain some
typographical errors, and users of the budget volume should refer to a special set of
corrected errata pages issued with the volume.
The volume, Citizen’s Guide to the President’s Budget and the pie chart entitled
“Where the Money Comes From and Where It Goes” were not included in the FY2003
Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2003, Appendix
Stock number 041-001-00572-2, $67, 1266 p.
Designed primarily for the use of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees,
the Appendix contains more detailed financial information on individual programs and
appropriation accounts than any of the other budget documents. For each agency, it
! the proposed text of appropriations language
! budget schedules for each account
! new legislative proposals
! explanations of the work to be performed and the funds needed
These elements are presented by varying the font and typeface, so that proposed
appropriations and prior year funding can be compared at a glance. The box below
provides an example from the FY2003 Budget Appendix to illustrate this.
“For necessary expenses of the Office of Climate Information, [$30,329,000] $28,870,000 of which
[$150,000] $400,000 shall remain until expended. (34 U.S.C. 218 et seq; Department of Commerce
Appropriations Act, 2002.)”
Italic type indicates proposed new language or dollar amounts. Brackets [ ] indicate programs or dollar
amounts proposed for deletion. Standard (roman) typeface shows enacted FY2002 appropriations used
as the base for the FY2003 estimates. Italics within parenthesis at the end of the entry provides citations
to the authorization and to the appropriations act.
Analytical Perspectives, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2003
Stock number 041-001-00573-1, $51.50, 702 p.
Includes economic and accounting analyses, information on federal receipts and
collections, analyses of federal spending, detailed information on federal borrowing and
debt, Budget Enforcement Act preview reports, current services estimates, and other
technical presentations. It also includes information on the executive and congressional
budget process. Chapter 26 presents detailed budget authority and outlay tables by
category and program for FY2001-FY2007.
Historical Tables, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2003
Stock number 041-001-00575-9, $41, 304 p.
Provides historical data for various budget categories and various time periods. Data
are adjusted to provide consistency with the FY2003 budget and to provide comparability
over time. These data include budget totals from as early as 1901 through estimates for
FY2007, receipts by type beginning in the 1930s, Social Security and Medicare spending,
federal payments for individuals, budget surplus or deficit, federal debt, federal
employment, and grants to states and local governments.
The Budget System and Concepts, Fiscal Year 2003
Stock number 041-001-00575-7, $3.50, 20 p.
Provides explanations of the executive and congressional budget process and
concepts used to formulate the President’s budget proposals, and is also reproduced as
Chapter 25 in the Analytical Perspectives volume. It no longer includes the Federal
Government Pie Chart: Where the Money Comes From and Where It Goes.
Other supporting documents on the FY2003 budget are available only from the OMB
! Object Class Analysis
! Balances of Budget Authority
! Federal Credit Supplement
! Budget Amendments and Supplementals
Budget Information for States, Fiscal Year 2003
This special report is usually released several weeks after the budget. It is available
on the OMB Internet site [http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/index.html], and
provides state-by-state data on obligations for the major federal formula grant programs
to state governments. The allocations for the coming fiscal year are estimates based on
the proposals in the President’s budget.
Budget of the United States Government CD-ROM, Fiscal Year 2003
Stock number 041-001-00576-5, $25
The CD-ROM contains all of the budget documents and software to support reading,
printing, and searching the documents. The CD-ROM also has many of the tables in the
budget in spreadsheet form.
Economic Report of the President
Economic Report of the President, 2002
Stock number 040-000-00753-9, $34.50, 448 p.
The annual Economic Report of the President, transmitted to Congress this year on
February 5, 2002, presents the Bush Administration’s report on its economic policies and
contains the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisors. Appendix B of the
report includes current and historical statistics on the U.S. economic activity (p. 313-448).
The report is available at [http://www.access.gpo.gov/eop]. Detailed spreadsheet
files can be retrieved at [http://w3.access.gpo.gov/usbudget/fy2003/erp.html].
Congressional Budget Office
Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2003-2012
Stock number 052-070-07329-2, $25, 175 p.
CBO extends budget projections for 10 years to show annual budget deficits or
surpluses and economic projections covering FY2003-FY2012. The report includes three
baseline variations of discretionary budget authority—inflated, frozen, and capped in
addition to chapters on the budget and economic outlooks, this publication also includes
a glossary and historical budget and economic data.
Analysis of the President’s Budgetary Proposals for FY2003
Stock number and price: forthcoming
Published in March 2002, this report updates the January 2002 CBO baseline
projections for the economy and budget. In this report CBO re-estimates the President’s
budget proposals for spending, revenues (with assistance from the Joint Committee on
Taxation), and surpluses or deficits.
GPO Ordering Information
Printed copies of these government publications are available from the Government
Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 152507954, and may be purchased using Discover, MasterCard, or Visa credit cards:
by telephone, (202) 512-1800
by fax, (202) 512-2250, or
online at the GPO Online Bookstore [http://bookstore.gpo.gov/index.html]
The budget documents are often available for reference use at large public or
university libraries, or at federal depository libraries. Addresses of the closest depository
libraries can often be obtained through a local library or from the office of Depository
Services of the U.S. Government Printing Office, (202) 512-1119. Those with access to
the Internet may prefer to obtain this information from the GPO Access Web site’s Locate
Federal Depository Libraries page, which can be searched by state and/or area code. It
is available at [http://www.gpo.gov/libraries].
Web Sites for Congressional Offices
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) developed two Web sites covering the
budget and appropriations process for congressional offices only:
Appropriations Analysis and Votes—For current information,
congressional staff may access the Appropriations and Budget Products
Web page, with active links to CRS appropriations analysis, votes,
committee reports, and related legislation for the 13 appropriations bills
CRS Budget Fact Sheets—Short explanations of budget concepts,
terminology, the congressional and executive budget process and
timetable, budget resolutions and reconciliation, the authorization and
appropriations process, entitlements and discretionary spending, the
Budget Enforcement Act, sequestration, and surpluses/deficits at
Web Site for the Public
Constituents have access to THOMAS, the public version of the legislative Web site
at the Library of Congress, containing links to bills, committee and conference reports, and
votes for the 13 appropriations bills: [http://thomas.loc.gov].