Text of the Zero-based Budgeting Ensures Responsible Oversight (ZERO) Act of 2013

This bill was introduced on January 14, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 14, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 239


January 14, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Budget


To require zero-based budgeting for departments and agencies of the Government.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Zero-based Budgeting Ensures Responsible Oversight (ZERO) Act of 2013 .


Zero-based budgeting

Section 1105 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:


The President shall submit with materials related to each budget transmitted under subsection (a) on or after January 1, 2015, a budget for each department and agency which contains the following information:


A description of each activity for which the department or agency receives an appropriation in the current fiscal year or for which the department or agency requests an appropriation for the budget year.


The legal basis for each activity.


For each activity, three alternative funding levels for the budget year, and a summary of the priorities that would be accomplished within each level, and the additional increments of value that would be added by the higher funding levels. At least two of these funding levels shall be below the funding level for the current fiscal year.


For each activity, one or more measures of its cost efficiency and effectiveness.


As soon as practicable, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall publish guidelines to carry out this subsection. The guidelines shall require that the baseline budget of each department or agency is assumed to be zero and each proposed expenditure shall be justified as if it were a new expenditure.