With a core mission to improve public services and a vision of transforming government through performance, OMB is the Virgin Island’s source of credible, unbiased financial information and management assistance for departments and agencies. We strive to provide greater detail to the public on the annual budget process, information about federal grants, and continuous improvements in agency performance.
The Office of Management and Budget provides ongoing, transparent fiscal analysis, management support, and analytical research to the public, the Governor, the Legislature and departments and agencies.
Director | Jenifer O’Neal
The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) core mission is to provide budget and management recommendations for the Government of the Virgin Islands in compliance with local and federal laws; to support policies; and to optimize the allocation and utilization of resources. A fundamental premise for carrying out this mission is formulating recommendations based on solid data and thorough analysis.
As public administrators, OMB staff utilize their skills to provide quality analysis for all the various projects they undertake including traditional budget and capital program analysis; analysis of proposed legislation; and performance measurement analysis.
On an ongoing basis, OMB provides transparent fiscal analysis, management support, and analytical research to the Governor, the Legislature, all GVI departments and agencies, and the public.
OMB key performance goals are to increase the timeliness and quality of key financial reports; to reduce recurring audit findings; to ensure compliance with federal grants; and to enhance financial management practices.
Our vision at the Office of Management and Budget is to create excellence in government by constantly striving to enhance public services to better serve the residents of the Virgin Islands.
Our Performance Goals are to
- Increase the timeliness and quality of key financial reports;
- Reduce overall grant and recurring audit findings; and
- Enhance financial management practices.
OMB Authorizing code
The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall:
(1) Assist the Governor in the preparation and explanation of the proposed comprehensive program and financial plan, including the coordination and analysis of department and agency program goals and objectives, program plans and program budget requests.
(2) Develop information, communication and data processing systems needed for effective policy decision-making.
(3) Assist department and agencies in their statement of goals and objectives, preparation of program plans, program budget requests and reporting of program performance.
(4) Administer his responsibilities under the program execution provisions of this chapter so that the policy decisions and budget determinations of the Governor and the Legislature are implemented to the fullest extent possible within the concepts of proper management.
(5) Conduct each year a mid-year review of the current fiscal year budget to determine whether the current year’s revenues align with the appropriations made for that year, and report the findings no later than one month after the annual spring revenue estimating conference to the Committee on Finance and to the Legislature’s Post Audit Division for its review of appropriation levels to ensure alignment with current fiscal year revenues and expenditures.
(6) Provide the Legislature with any budget information it may request.
§ 22. Responsibilities of Director of the Office of Management and Budget
§ 23. Department program and financial plan
2 V.I.C. § 22
2 V.I.C. § 23
(a) Each department, agency, board, commission, authority and instrumentality of the Government, except the Legislature and the courts, on the date and in the form and content prescribed by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, shall prepare and forward to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget the following program and financial information:
(1) The goals and objectives of its programs, together with proposed supplements, deletions and revisions.
(2) Its proposed plans to implement the goals and objectives including estimates of future service needs, planned methods of administration, proposed modification of existing program services and establishment of new program services, and the estimated resources needed to carry out the proposed plan.
(3) The budget requested to carry out its proposed plans in the succeeding fiscal year. The budget request information shall include the expenditures during the last fiscal year, those estimated for the current fiscal year, those proposed for the succeeding fiscal year, an explanation of the services to be provided, the need for the services, the costs of the services, and any other information requested by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
(4) A report of the receipts during the last fiscal year, an estimate of the receipts during the current fiscal year, and an estimate for the succeeding fiscal year.
(5) A statement of legislation required to implement the proposed programs and financial plans
(6) An evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of specific alternatives to existing or proposed program policies or administrative methods.
(7) A certified statement indicating the federal grants or other funding programs that were applied for in the preceding fiscal year and the status of each application.
(b) Its proposals prepared under subsection (a) describe the relationships of its program services to those of other departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Government of the United States Virgin Islands, of the Federal government, and of nongovernmental bodies.
(c) The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall assist departments and agencies in the preparation of their proposals under subsection (a). Their assistance may include technical assistance; organization of materials; centrally collected accounting, budgeting and personal information; standards and guidelines formulation; population and other required data; and any other assistance that will help the departments and agencies produce the information necessary for efficient management and effective decision-making by the Governor and the Legislature.
(d) If any department or agency fails to transmit the program and financial information provided under subsection (a) on the specified date, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget may prepare such information.
(e) The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall compile and submit to the Governor-elect in any year when a new Governor has been elected, not later than November 20, a summary of the program and financial information prepared by departments and the agencies of the Government.