Federal Government Budget

The budgetary process, even in the best of fiscal climates, is a difficult task. Given the continuing economic malaise at the state level and the widening deficit at the federal level, the current budget negotiations offer fractious political discourse and confusing hyperbole. The following web links provide official budget information as well as nonpartisan analysis . . . well, as nonpartisan as any issue with conflicting visions of government, vastly divergent priorities and huge sums of money can be . . .

Federal Government Budget
Compiled by Chris Laut, Ropes & Gray LLP. Posted March 2006.

The budgetary process, even in the best of fiscal climates, is a difficult task. Given the continuing economic malaise at the state level and the widening deficit at the federal level, the current budget negotiations offer fractious political discourse and confusing hyperbole. The following web links provide official budget information as well as nonpartisan analysis . . . well, as nonpartisan as any issue with conflicting visions of government, vastly divergent priorities and huge sums of money can be . . .

GPO Access, Main Page of the Budget of the U.S. Government
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/index.html

Issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President’s budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year.

Office of Management and Budget
http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/

OMB’s predominant mission is to assist the President in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. Included on the OMB web site are budget documents, supplements, budget amendments and releases.

Congressional Budget Office
http://www.cbo.gov/

CBO aims to provide the Congress with the objective, timely, nonpartisan analyses needed for economic and budget decisions and with the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process.

“A Citizen’s Guide to the Federal Budget,” OMB
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/fy02/pdf/guide.pdf

“An Explanation of the Congressional Budget Process,” United States Senate Committee on the Budget
http://www.budget.senate.gov/democratic/the_budget_process.pdf

Budget Resources from the U.S. Department of the Treasury
http://www.ustreas.gov/topics/accounting-and-budget/index.html

“A Brief Introduction to the Federal Budget Process,” CRS Report for Congress
http://www.ncseonline.org/NLE/CRSreports/information/info-6.cfm

The Concord Coalition – Federal Budget Page
http://www.concordcoalition.org/issues/fedbudget/index.html

The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization advocating fiscal responsibility while ensuring Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are secure for all generations. The Concord Coalition was founded in 1992 by the late former Senator Paul Tsongas (D-Mass.), former Senator Warren Rudman (R-N.H.), and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Peter Peterson.

The Brookings Institute – Budget and Fiscal Policy Resources
http://www.brookings.org/data/brookings_taxonomy.xml?taxonomy=Economics,%20U.S.

The Brookings Institution is an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to research, analysis, education, and publication focused on public policy issues in the areas of economics, foreign policy, and governance.

PAYGO Rule and budget discipline discussion http://www.brookings.org/views/testimony/frenzel/20020425.htm

Budget Enforcement Procedures: PAYGO Rule, CRS Report for Congress
http://www.nptaxpolicy.org/budget_files/crs/description_paygo.pdf

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – Issues Raised by the President’s Budget
http://cbpp.org/

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

Compiled by Chris Laut, Ropes & Gray LLP. Posted March 2006.

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