The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is responsible for preparing the Mayor’s Annual Budget and begins preparation in May or June. Throughout the summer, OMB analysts meet with departments to discuss baseline budgets, requests, position changes, organizational changes, departmental highlights, and new objectives. The analysts then present requests and recommendations to the Director of Finance. The Director of Finance then collaborates with the Director of Operations and the Director of Public Safety to make final recommendations to the Mayor. The Mayor then submits a preliminary budget to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) in September. After the requested modifications (if any) are made by the ICA, the Mayor formally submits the budget to City Council.
City Council reviews the budget and holds a number of meetings and televised hearings with Departments. After consideration of public input and priorities, City Council makes minor changes and adopts the budget.
OMB is responsible for implementing and overseeing the City of Pittsburgh’s operating and capital budgets. Throughout the fiscal year, OMB monitors the City’s expenditures and revenue receipts, provides legislative overseeing on any matters related to the budget, and oversees budget transfers and adjustments. Analysts in OMB prepare quarterly reports on the performance of major revenue sources and expenditure categories, reports on key factors driving the budget, cash flow, and brief updates on important management initiatives.