Advanced Budget and Appropriations Process

The formulation and enactment of the annual federal budget is a highly complex process that has evolved over time and involves thousands of individuals in both the executive and legislative branches.

Both the House and the Senate must vote on the annual Budget Resolution, as well as on the annual appropriations measures. But the process begins when an individual program manager prepares a budget request and a justification for that request within the department or agency.

Individuals who participate in formulating a budget request should have an understanding of the entire budget and appropriations process. This involves OMB decisions, as well as action at each stage of the congressional budget process.

This is NOT an Appropriations Law class.

Topics for this two-day course may include:

  • OMB budget review, hearings, and passback
  • The formulation of the president’s budget and its submission to Congress
  • The Budget Resolution and the role of the Budget Committees
  • The reconciliation process
  • Appropriations legislation including hearings and markups
  • The politics of congressional spending decisions and the budget process


Target Audience:

Individuals who participate in any phase of their agency’s budget process, program managers, and others who contribute to the formulation or justification of the budget; as well as individuals who may assist in preparing their agency’s submission to OMB.

Participants should have a firm grasp of contemporary congressional organization and procedures before enrolling in this course. For those who do not, we highly recommend taking one of the Government Affairs Institute’s core courses before taking this course.

Meets Executive Core Qualifications 1 and 4


2024 Dates:

April 24 – 25, 2024

June 26 – 27, 2024

October 9 – 10, 2024

Tuition: $1,250



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