Sunday, February 7, 2010

Intelligence on the FY 2010 budget

Now you know what I know about the FY 2010 budget:
  • Hearing on FY 2010 spending pressures:   The Committee of the Whole’s February 19 hearing on FY 2010 spending pressures will feature senior staff from the Office of the City Administrator and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.   These staff will present an overview of the city’s financial situation.   They will be followed by agencies with spending pressures.   The public will not testify at this hearing.

    It is expected that this will be an all-day event.

  • Mayor’s Order 2010-24, "Allocation of Spending (FY 2010)":   This order, signed January 29, was published in the February 5 DCR.   It requires executive branch agencies to reduce spending by $99 million.

    The $99 million in cuts were made to 43 agencies.   The cuts represent 5% of the aggregate approved budgets.   The average agency cut was 11%.   The cuts range from a high of 63% for the Deputy Mayor for Education to a low of under 1% in the Office of Finance and Resource Management.

    Not all subordinate executive branch agency budgets are affected by this order.   Notable among absent human services agencies are Child and Family Services Agency, Department of Health Care Finance, Department of Parks and Recreation, Children and Youth Investment Collaborative, Non-Public Tuition, and Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.   Other agencies not affected include Serve DC, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, and Metropolitan Police Department.

    Some of those agencies exempted from the spending cuts have spending pressures. According to an OCFO document FY 2010 Budget Pressures, pressures include:

    • Non-Public Education (GN) has a spending pressure of as much as $38.4 million
    • Special Education Transportation (GO) has a spending pressure of as much as $15 million
    • Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (TK) has a spending pressure of as much as $5.3 million
    • Department of Health Care Finance (HT) has a spending pressure of as much as $29.5 million
    • Child and Family Services Agency (RL) has a spending pressure of as much as $23.1 million
    • Department of Mental Health (RM) has a spending pressure of as much as $2.3 million
    • Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (JZ) has a spending pressure of as much as $12.6 million
    • Office of the Chief Technology Officer (TO) has a spending pressure of as much as $5.22 million
  • The DC Public Library is not impacted by this mid-year reduction since it is not a subordinate executive branch agency.   Hazel v. Barry, according to the Congressional Research Service found that the "D.C. Public Library is independent of the mayor in terms of policy choices, personnel choices, and other areas."

    Additional files in Excel are here.   You will find the list of agency reductions as well as the list in order of percentage reduction.

  • Mayor’s Order 2010-25, "Implementation of Spending Controls for All Subordinate Executive Branch Agencies":   This order prohibits subordinate executive branch agencies from exceeding the spending limits identified in MO 2010-24.

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