Newsletter: June 10, 2013

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013
Volume | Issue 51

The Outlook for Discretionary Spending: Cloudy with Patches of Bright
By Ken Gold, Director

London weather is notoriously cloudy, and when it’s not actually raining it’s likely to be misting, and nearly always dark and dreary.  Sunny days are rare, especially in the winter.  My favorite weather forecast is “cloudy with patches of bright”, which might be too optimistic an outlook for discretionary spending in the next couple of years.


Upcoming GAI Course(s):

Advanced Budget and Appropriations Process

July 1 – 2, 2013

The formulation and enactment of the annual federal budget is a highly complex process that 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.


Congressional Operations Seminar

July 22 – 26, 2013

This core course provides a comprehensive look at congressional processes and organization, and at how Congress affects the daily operations of every department and agency in the executive branch. Like most Government Affairs Institute courses, the Congressional Operations Seminar is conducted on Capitol Hill in order to provide a first-hand understanding of congressional processes and procedure, as well as the “culture” that is the United States Congress.


Director’s Desk

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 and the current budget situation to our participants and readers – a task that seemingly becomes more challenging by the day.  A grand bargain on the budget would be welcome news not only for the country, but also for those of us who on a daily basis try and keep track of all of the budget proposals out there.

-Ken Gold




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