The Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) was formally enacted to serve the Office of the Governor as a budget and planning unit through the Executive Reorganization Act of 1972. OPB provides valuable, accurate, and timely information to the Governor and other decision-makers as part of a continuing effort to improve the operation of state government.
Each year, the Governor, as the state’s budget director, is required to present to the General Assembly a recommended state budget for the upcoming and amended fiscal year. Prior to submitting the proposed budget, OPB analyzes agency budget requests and policy issues, and develops comprehensive budget recommendations for the Governor’s review, from which the final recommendations are brought to the legislature for consideration. OPB submits this budget recommendation in a prioritized budgeting format, a programmatically and results-oriented presentation of funding requirements.
Each agency in the executive branch must submit an annual operating budget to OPB prior to the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). OPB reviews these spending plans for compliance with the approved appropriation acts, and continually monitors the expenditures of these agencies as part of ensuring sound policies for fiscal stewardship.
OPB also acts as the principal agent for the development of the state strategic plan. This plan outlines the Governor’s vision for the state, and provides a framework emphasizing the programs and initiatives necessary to make this vision a reality. The strategic plan provides direction to state agencies as they develop programs designed to achieve the results necessary to implement the goals set forth in the plan. OPB assists agencies in integrating agency plans with budget requests, and establishing the purposes, goals, objectives, and result measures representing the manner in which program performance is best judged.
In addition to these duties, OPB provides a variety of other services to stakeholders across the state:
Providing a program evaluation service that reviews state agency programs, and assesses their success in achieving their goals as indicated by the state strategic plan;
Furnishing official demographic data on the state and acting as the principle state agency for coordinating and standardizing statistical information about Georgia;
Serving as a liaison among all levels of government and as the state agency for all federal programs requiring designation of a single clearinghouse when another agency is not specifically designated as such; and,
Providing a general research capability and consultative services to the Governor and other state agencies, including management analyses, cost-efficiency studies, systems development, and organizational studies.
Full statutory obligations and responsibilities: Official Code of Georgia Annotated §45-12, Article 4