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Nebraska Budget Request & Reporting System:

2019-2021 Biennium

 

All screens in the Nebraska Budget Request and Reporting System for the 2019-2021 Biennium are now available!

 

 

The memo linked here was sent to the ABC Memo Recipients (i.e. all agencies, boards, and commissions) and State Financial Officers e-mail mailing lists to announce the availability of the Budget Instructions for the 2019-2021 Biennium.

 

A copy of the Budget Instructions for the 2019-2021 Biennium can be found at this link. From there they can be viewed or printed. The specific instructions for each screen in the budget system can also be viewed/printed from the (white question mark on blue circle) icon available on that screen.

 

Memo Highlights:

  • The Operations Budget Request's Agency, Division, and Program narrative screens were released on May 21, 2018, with a preliminary completion date within the budget request system of August 3, 2018.
    • The narrative information should accurately reflect the product of an agency’s current strategic planning efforts leading into preparation of the 2019-2021 biennium budget request.
    • Attach any additional strategic plan documents developed by your agency, independent of the strategic results-based elements already included in the Agency, Division, and Program Narrative screens.
    • Essential to a results-based budget request is the development and documentation of performance standards for each program, subprogram, and activity to measure and evaluate present as well as projected levels of expenditures. To further highlight the importance of the development and documentation of an agency’s key performance indicators, the Administrative Services State Budget Division has developed an Excel template to facilitate the entry and submission of performance measures for each budget program.
    • Statute section 81-1113(4)(a), R.S.SUPP.,2016, requires each department and agency to certify with their biennial budget request, for each program or practice it administers, whether such program or practice is an evidence-based program or practice, or, if not, whether such program or practice is reasonably capable of becoming an evidence-based program or practice.  An Excel template form is provided on the State Budget Division website for completion and submission of this information.

 

  • The final revised and enacted FY 2018-19 base, or new appropriations, as of July 19, 2018, will be used and should be reported in your budget request submission as the “FY 2018 Current Appropriation” on the Base Appropriation screen.

 

  • Using the “Issue Details” screen, an agency can identify the specific agency goals, objectives, outcomes, cost-drivers, activities or initiatives for which the agency is requesting a change in appropriated resources.  The Issue is defined by the agency on one screen with all of the justification necessary to support the request encapsulated within the identified issue, especially in so far as how the requested Issue relates to the agency’s operational goals and performance objectives.

 

  • The budget modification process for the 2019-2021 biennium budget request requires that agencies with General Fund appropriations submit modifications at the 95% base level. In other words, subject to any adjustments on the Form 200 received from the Legislative Fiscal Office, modifications equal to at least 5% of the FY 2018-19 General Fund appropriation base.  Budget modifications represent the lowest priorities for continued or additional new funding within the budget request and will be considered as such during the budget process.

 

  • Note the continuation of the Funds Analysis narrative tab on the Funds Analysis screen. The Funds Analysis narrative will continue to be required for federal grant awards in order to provide an outlook on future federal funding.

 

  • An agency's final budget request version must be locked and submitted in the budget request system by Saturday, September 15, 2018. Printed copies of the 2019-2021 budget requests are not requested. The electronic submission and sharing of information is a cost-saving measure associated with the Nebraska Budget Request and Reporting System.

 

  • All State agency, board, and commission budget requests will be made available to the public via the State Budget Division's website. This provides easy anytime access and 100 percent transparency of the 2019-2021 biennial budget requests of all State agencies, boards, and commission.

 

  • Your identification of agency goals, objectives, and priorities, especially as further communicated through budget modifications, will be critically important in the decision-making process for 2019-2021 biennial appropriations. The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board is scheduled to make its forecast of net General Fund tax receipts for the 2019-2021 budget biennium on October 26, 2018.

 

  • Thanks very much for your special efforts in preparing a quality 2019-2021 biennial budget request. The staff of the Department of Administrative Services State Budget Division is prepared to answer your questions and assist you in the preparation and submission of your requests.

 

 

 

 

 

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