Author: Kenneth Gold



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It’s Not Over

Kenneth Gold | November 2, 2015

Many of the news stories that covered last week’s passage of the two-year, 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act had headlines similar to the Associated Press story titled “No shutdown, no default: Congress leaders, Obama back deal”.  And while the agreement is an enormous and widely unexpected accomplishment that does prevent the country from going into default,

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Director’s Desk

Kenneth Gold | November 2, 2015

In addition to providing a two-year budget framework, the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act is far kinder to federal employee pay and benefits than the 2013 Ryan-Murray agreement.  It’s also kinder than the FY 16 congressional budget resolution, which would have made sharp cuts to feds in the workplace. The 2013 budget deal raised the amount

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Director’s Desk

Kenneth Gold | September 28, 2015

It’s hard not to think that yesterday’s dugout fight between Washington Nationals Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper isn’t somehow a reflection of what’s going on only a few blocks away on Capitol Hill; and manager Matt Williams will likely soon be joining Speaker Boehner on a Florida golf course. The Speaker’s resignation appears to have

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The boy who cried shutdown

Kenneth Gold | July 27, 2015

Having failed to pass a single FY16 appropriations bill, and with 14 legislative days scheduled* before the end of the fiscal year, a consensus has emerged on the inevitability of yet another continuing resolution (CR) to avoid a government shutdown on October 1.  I think the odds do favor a CR over a shutdown, but

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Director’s Desk

Kenneth Gold | July 27, 2015

Although no one expected any of the 12 appropriations bills to even be considered on the Senate floor, the House passed six of the spending bills and was on its way to passing two more before the August recess.  Although Republicans have 54 seats in the Senate, it’s well short of a filibuster-proof majority, and

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An Early Look at Prospects for the FY16 Budget

Kenneth Gold | March 31, 2015

On Wednesday last week the House passed its version of the FY16 budget resolution; and on early Friday morning the Senate passed its version. Modern budget resolutions are highly partisan vehicles, so one would assume that they’d pass easily in each chamber. And with one party in control of both the House and the Senate,

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Uncertainties Ahead for Federal Spending

Kenneth Gold | January 28, 2015

For federal departments and agencies, the most important issue in the First Session of the 114th Congress will be the shape of the FY16 congressional budget resolution, which will set the discretionary spending levels for the Appropriations Committees.  New House Budget Committee Chair Tom Price of Georgia recently told a Heritage Foundation Conference that he

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Director’s Desk

Kenneth Gold | January 9, 2015

A major decision point facing the 114th Congress will be how to deal with federal spending beyond the end of the current fiscal year.  The December 2013 Ryan-Murray agreement raised baseline discretionary spending by about $9 billion per year for FY14 and 15, but expires at the end of the year.  Unless Congress and the

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Director’s Desk

Kenneth Gold | October 30, 2014

Although the current continuing resolution (CR) expires in just six weeks, and Congress isn’t scheduled to return for another two weeks, no one is mentioning the “S word” (shutdown) this year.  Instead, the question seems to be whether Congress will be able to pass an FY15 omnibus bill, or whether we’ll have to settle for

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GAI

Kenneth Gold | October 13, 2014

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dr. Phyllis O’Callaghan on October 3.  From 2008 to 2012 Phyllis was Visiting Senior Fellow with the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, where she taught a Research Seminar on the Evolution of the Contemporary Congress, and was a member of the senior staff.

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