Director’s Desk: June 27, 2013

Kenneth Gold | June 27, 2013

Earlier this month the House passed two appropriations bills, Milcon/VA, and Homeland Security, both of which the president opposes. No appropriations bills have come to the floor in the Senate. As discussed in the newsletter, with a $91 billion

Director’s Desk: June 10, 2013

Kenneth Gold | June 10, 2013

I’ve been closely following the federal budget for more than two decades, and at no point have things been more confusing, not only to observers like myself, but more importantly to federal managers and executives who are trying to plan their department budgets. One of our goals is to try to explain both the process

Director’s Desk: May 16, 2013

Kenneth Gold | May 16, 2013

More good news bad news: Unlike this year, the sequesters scheduled for FY14 to FY21 will not cut spending across the board, but simply impose caps on discretionary spending, which ought to allow agencies to make more rational budget decisions.  The bad news is that by making the cuts more manageable, it’s less likely to

Director’s Desk: May 8, 2013

Kenneth Gold | May 8, 2013

For the first time in five years, both the House and the Senate have passed their respective FY14 budget resolutions.  The next step in the budget process mandates that the two chambers go to conference, and sets a target date of April 15 to produce a concurrent budget resolution, although the deadline is rarely met.

Director’s Desk: April 15, 2013

Kenneth Gold | April 15, 2013

Although the President submitted this year’s budget two months late, it’s clear that the various fiscal cliffs, the on again off again on again sequester and the continuing resolutions have made budget planning a nightmare.  In defense, the budget proposes a new round of base closures that would begin in 2015, even though it’s clear

Director’s Desk: April 1, 2013

Kenneth Gold | April 1, 2013

The sequester was, of course, never supposed to happen.  The indiscriminate cuts to spending would be so damaging that surely Congress would take some action to avoid it – except it didn’t.  With the exception of certain exempted programs – military salaries, veteran’s programs, Social Security, welfare and food stamps – everything else was supposed

Director’s Desk: March 20, 2013

Kenneth Gold | March 20, 2013

The continuing resolution (CR) that passed in the House on March 6 was expected to easily pass in the Senate last week (wait a minute; did I just say “easily pass in the Senate”?).  Both bills would fund the government at sequester level spending through September 30.  The Senate version adds three additional appropriations bills

Director’s Desk: March 13, 2013

Kenneth Gold | March 13, 2013

Both chambers remain on course to pass a largely uncontroversial extension of the expiring continuing resolution (CR) that will be comprised of an omnibus and probably five out of the 12 individual appropriations bills. It will set FY13 discretionary spending at $984b, equal to the sequester level, but with increased flexibility at departments covered by

Director’s Desk: March 7, 2013

Kenneth Gold | March 7, 2013

CR Update: Yesterday the House passed a six-month FY13 continuing resolution (CR) that maintains sequester level spending for the remainder of the fiscal year, but provides appropriations to Defense and Milcon-VA. The measure, HR 933, passed by a vote of 267-151, would extend the federal pay freeze but grants military personnel a 1.7 percent pay

Director’s Desk: February 20, 2013

Kenneth Gold | February 20, 2013

With two potential budget showdowns on the horizon – the sequester and the expiration of the Continuing Resolution (CR); and a third down the road – the next expiration of the debt ceiling – Democrats and Republicans appear to be headed for a confrontation over the sequester. Both sides are positioning so as to avoid

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