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OMB Submits FY 2009 Budget Online
On Feb. 4, Office of Management and Budget will submit its fiscal 2009 budget request to Congress next month only online at There will be no paper copies, OMB Director Jim Nussle said. One of the major changes, however, will be the use of the sitemap protocol to make searching the 2,200 pages easier for commercial search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Ask Me. OMB estimates that by going paperless the federal government will save more than $1 million over five years, more than 20 tons of paper and roughly 480 trees. Annually, the Government Printing Office hands out more than 3,000 paper copies of the budget to the media, Congress and others. For those who still want a paper copy, GPO will be taking orders.

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