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OMB Memo on Defining, Cataloging Earmarks

On January 3, 2007, the President called on the Congress to enact earmark reform, including reducing the number and cost of earmarks by at least half. TO provide a transparent baseline from which the cut-in-half goal will be measured, agencies will be required to:

  1. identify and catalogue earmarks in all appropriations bills and certain authorization bills, including report language;
  2. submit that data to OMB; and
  3. provide rapid analysis of the earmarks in each bill as they move through the legislative process in order to facilitate the development of an Administration position on the bill.

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