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Office of Budget and Finance

The Office of Budget and Finance (OBF) prepares the proposed annual budget and advises the Mayor and the City Administrator on financial issues that impact the District’s operations and capital investments.  Located in the Office of the City Administrator, OBF works to ensure that resources deliver programs that improve the lives of District residents.

The Office of Budget and Finance:

  • Prepares and administers the $7 billion local funds and $13 billion total funds budget that advances District priorities including ending chronic homelessness, advancing infrastructure priorities, and delivering services for residents.
  • Works to increase transparency in the budget process, including new opportunities for public involvement before the budget is proposed.

OBF is led by Budget Director Matthew Brown and is supported by a team of budget analysts who oversee agency budget formulation and management by cluster.  For more information about how OBF is organized, see the OCA organization chart.

The fiscal year for the District is District budget is October 1 through September 30.  view the FY17 budget here.

Matthew Brown
Matthew Brown is Director of the Office of Budget and Finance, and he also serves as Chairman of the Board of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority.  As Budget Director, he is responsible for preparing a budget that improves the lives of District residents and advances critical infrastructure investments.  He and his team also work throughout the year to ensure that programs are working, and to partner with agencies on innovative ways to solve problems. 

Matt holds a Master of Public Administration in Budget and Public Finance from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas Wesleyan University.

He has previously served as Director and Deputy Director of the DC Department of Transportation, as a project manager for Public Financial Management in Philadelphia, and as a budget analyst for both the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and the New York City Office of Management and Budget.  He has also served on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board and as a Commissioner for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission.

Throughout his career he has worked on initiatives that improve government operations and advance infrastructure investments.  He was responsible for the financing plan that is advancing construction of the 11th Street Bridges in the District and on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Capital Funding Agreement that provided more transparency into infrastructure spending and began replacement of the oldest subway cars.  Right now he is working on ways to increase transparency of the District’s budget.