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Across the Federal Government there are many challenges in getting to the point where a budget is ready for submission, including, time crunches in creating budgets when Congress does not complete spending bills on time; largely manual processes; working in multiple systems that do not talk to each other and more. On top of that, insufficient submissions can mean losing funding, or not getting funding for new programs that your organization needs.
Oftentimes when there is insufficient justification for a budget or something needs to be cut from a budget, the money will likely be cut from critical functions such as maintenance and IT because of the lack of political constituency behind it.
What’s more is that oftentimes when there is new funding or new requirements that arise, there may not be funding for other costs associated with the new funding or requirements. This can lead to the organization pulling even more money from the operations side of the house. It is vital that organizations have the proper detail and justification for their proposed budgets, including in those maintenance areas. Below are six best practices for the greatest likelihood that appropriators will approve your budget.
Here are six best practices for helping your budget get approved by appropriations:
Considering all of the challenges faced by organizations in getting their submissions complete and on time, there are certain steps organizations can take to streamline their processes, ensure they have the necessary data to justify their spend plans, and pivot quickly when conditions change. Decision Lens software automates many manual processes associated with the PPBE process. Learn more about how we can help your organization with the budgeting process from intake to spend plan execution.
These insights were derived from a recent AGA PDT session entitled “Budget Formulation 2.0”, featuring a range of experts from across DoD and DHS including: Lorraine Williams, DoD Comptroller, Director of Operations; Holly Mehringer, Budget Officer, Department of Homeland Security; RDML Joe Cahill, USN, Deputy Director for Resources and Acquisitions, J-8, Joint Staff; RDML Mark Fedor USCG, Assistant Commandant for Resources & CFO, CG-8, Chip Walgren, Former Senate Appropriations Committee Staff and; George Kovatch, Former Deputy Comptroller (Budget & Appropriations, DoD)