The release of the President’s budget sets policy priorities and will lay out the new administration’s agenda for FY18, which begins Oct. 1. President Trump will likely follow in the footsteps of previous first-year presidents, submitting what’s known as a “skinny budget” in late-March or April. Devoid of details usually included in other presidential budget requests, a first-year president’s budget proposal offers a high level view of the president’s vision. For Trump, the budget will reflect the messages of his campaign—eliminating waste, “draining the swamp,” and reinvesting in defense and homeland security programs. 

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Transition years throw a kink in the process as a new administration takes office and fills key positions.


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’Skinny budget’ brings fat opportunities for vendors

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Defense contracts may see $27.5 billion boost in Trump budget

President Donald Trump is requesting a big boost to military spending in the fiscal 2018 budget request blueprint. Of the proposed $52.3 billion increase for the Pentagon about $27.5 billion will flow to contractors.

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Trump’s fiscal 2018 skinny budget basics

President Trump’s first installment of his fiscal 2018 budget request was released on March 16.In a webinar, BGOV analysts discussed the details of the spending plan, reviewing proposed agency cuts and increases, the program and agency eliminations sought by the administration, and other aspects of this opening move in what will be a long process.

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Trump plans historic cuts across government to fund defense

President Donald Trump is proposing historically deep budget cuts that would touch almost every federal agency and program and dramatically reorder government priorities to boost defense and security spending.