Office of Planning & Budgeting

Office of Planning & Budgeting

Reporting directly to the Provost, the University of Washington Office of Planning & Budgeting (OPB) supports the UW community in accomplishing its goals through the planning and allocation of financial and physical resources, and by providing analysis and information services to enhance university decision-making, planning, and policy formation. OPB works closely with UW stakeholder groups and advisory bodies such as the Provost’s Tri-Campus Advisory Board for Students (TABS), the Faculty Senate Committee on Planning & Budgeting (SCPB), and the Board of Deans and Chancellors (BODC). OPB also works closely with the Capital & Space Management team in UW Facilities regarding capital budget issues and intersections with state and UW operating budgets.

The Office of Planning & Budgeting is committed to aligning with the University’s Race & Equity Initiative and Diversity Blueprint. More information is available on the Mission, Vision, & Values section of our website.

Latest News

Legislative Kick-Off

The 2022 Legislative Kick-Off was held by OPB and the Office of State Relations on January 6. The annual event provides critical information to campus stakeholders in advance of the state legislative session, which began on January 10. A recording of the event is available here.

Overview of presentations:
  • Slides 1 – 2: Introductions
  • Slides 3 – 22: Legislative Process, Bill Analysis & LobbyGov
  • Slides 23 – 34: Fiscal Note Updates & Reminders
  • Slides 35 – 39: 2021 Legislative Session & Budget
  • Slides 40 – 49: Tips for Effective Legislative Advocacy & UW State Legislative Agenda

ABB Phase III Review Preliminary Steering Committee Report

In December, the three ABB subcommittees concluded their analyses and produced reports for the steering committee’s review. In February, the steering committee completed a preliminary report summarizing the findings and recommendations from each subcommittee report for consideration by the Provost. The steering committee reports and full preliminary report can be found on the ABB Committees and Reports page. To submit comments to the Steering Committee, please use this form.

2020 Legislative Session Overview

The following documents, available on the OPB Briefs page, provide summaries of the 2020 state legislative session:

  • Senate and House Leadership 2020 Supplemental Budget Proposals: A brief outlining the 2020 state supplemental budget funding decisions and outcomes.
  • 2020 Session Bill Summary: A list of policy and budget bills tracked by the University that passed the legislature during the 2020 session.
  • 2020 Session Fiscal Note Summary: A list of all fiscal notes completed by the University during the 2020 session.

The 2020 legislative session ended on time on March 12, 2020. Given the COVID-19 crisis, the Governor vetoed significant portions of new funding in the state compromise budget. We anticipate that the legislature might take action to reduce FY21 appropriations in a special session later this year or early on in the January 2021 legislative session.

OPB has a new website!

In mid-January 2019, OPB went live with a new website. Please update your bookmarks and links to: If you notice any issues or have questions about our new website, please email