EOP Foundation Seminars - Public Sector

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Custom Course # 6 - Budget Scoring and Processes

Despite being obscure, CBO and OMB budget scoring is essential for shaping legislation and making quantitatively informed policy decisions in understated, but important ways. This course will discuss Federal budget scoring processes as well as the methods associated with conducting budget scoring. This course will include exercises to ensure that participants can conduct scoring in the same manner as an OMB or CBO analyst would.

Course Objectives

Having an understanding of and being able to perform the correct budget scoring techniques used to rate government programs that are integral to effective governance. Class members will learn how CBO gets guidance from the House and Senate Budget Committees and estimates the cost of each bill (appropriations and direct spending authorization) that provides money before the bill goes to the floor of each House. A major focus of the course will be to ensure that each class member has a full understanding of how bills and programs are scored so that they will have a basic understanding of budget scoring rules and methodologies. After successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the statutory basis for conducting scoring analysis on budgetary proposals so class participants will be able to justify budget scoring decisions based on statutory law.

  • Understand how to use budget scoring as a tool to determine the actual impact of new and revised budget proposals enabling class participants to maximize their organizations programs.

  • Understand budget scoring rules and the reasons for differences between CBO and OMB scoring analysis.

  • This knowledge will help them to respond to these organizations more appropriately.

  • Have interactive exercises to practice scoring discretionary and mandatory programs to test that each class member has the required skills necessary to perform budget scoring.