EOP Foundation Seminars - Public Sector

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Custom Course #4- The Federal Budget Process

This curriculum is based on providing the participants with the executive branch formulation, decision making, presentation, and execution processes associated with producing, presenting, and executing the President’s budget. It also provides the Congressional budget and Appropriations process, submission to Congress, and how the Executive Branch participates. During the first week, participants will learn the political, policy and macro-economic implication affecting the budgetary decision making process. The second week of this seminar will focus on a case study which will provide a hands-on, in-class simulation of the Executive and Congressional Branch budget process inclusive of tips for presenting a successful budget.

The curriculum is taught by ex and current-government executives with an extensive knowledge of the Executive Branch and Congressional Branch processes and procedures required to enact the Federal budget as a whole. Their insight will showcase the professional KSA’s required to be successful without making subjective judgments on the politically charged issues. The participant will have the objective foundation to effectively participate in the entire process.

The course will be conducted in a semi-formal classroom environment with all participants encouraged to ask questions at any time. Further, all instructors and a contingent of EOP Foundation personnel will be on hand throughout the duration of the course to respond to any questions or queries that may arise. These staff members can be approached at any time during the course and will also be available before and after the daily class schedule.

Course Objectives

The course will cover in detail the various processes involved during the formulation and implementation of the budget. Upon completion of the course, participants will have a clear knowledge of the following:

  • Addressing the Administration’s budget priorities;

  • Understanding the partisan and institutional politics affecting the budget;

  • Learning the key elements of budget, covering both discretionary and mandatory appropriations, and projections of

    future deficit and debt levels;

  • Learning the details associated with both the Executive and Legislative Branch budget related processes;

  • Learning Executive Branch rules for budget formulation as detailed in OMB Circular A-11, “Preparation, Submission and

  • Execution of the Budget;”

  • Understanding performance measures and how to set effective measures and standards for departmental programs;

  • Preparing effective budget justification, focusing on the importance of understanding your audience, writing

    various components both clearly and successfully, inclusive of providing critical information on the benefits and

    performance requirements;

  • Justifying departmental budgets to OMB and the Congress;

  • Understanding the role of stakeholders throughout the process;

  • Improving leadership skills by learning how to deploy the most effective skill mix to manage the process;

  • Understanding the difference between Presidential and Congressional priorities and the conflicts that must be resolved; and

  • Learning how performance measures can be developed to focus employee efforts and improve the organization.