- DC Budget Process (PDF) (February 2012): This new publication takes another look at the DC budget process, adding a number of items.
- DC Budget 101 Quarterly Timelines (PDF) (July 2011): This easy-to-read guide walks users through the basic components of the DC budget process along with the basic advocacy intervention points.
DC Budget 101 Quarterly Timelines by Susie Cambria is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
- DC budget 101 (July 2011) (PDF): This two-pager lists the most fundamental of the DC budget processes, those that newbies should master first.
DC budget 101 by Susie Cambria is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
- The DC Budget Process Explained (PDF) (January 2011): This new publication explains the DC budget process, contains links to find budget-related documents (CSFL, budget books, revenue estimates), and briefly identifies intervention points in the process along with what advocates can do. Note: The document is legal size but can be printed on either letter or legal paper.
- What the DC Budget Is and Isn't (PDF) (February 2011): This document briefly discusses what the budget is (the most important legislation considered each year) and isn't (a fair or equitable distribution of resources), expenditures by category (public safety, human services) and revenue by category.
- UPDATED March 8: Where to Find Budget-related Documents and Resources (Word, .doc) (March 2011): As the title suggests, this is a list of sources for budget and budget-related information.
- An Objective Tool for Assessing the Mayor's Proposed Budget and City Council Changes (Word) (January 2011): Analyzing the District's budget (the mayor's proposal and the City Council's actions) is often more about how much money there is now compared to the past and the services the funding will support. As far as it goes, this analysis is useful.
But there are other important issue that should be considered to get a better picture of the budget. These issues include whether there are court orders connected to the agency (e.g., LaShawn, Salazar, Dixon, Jerry M., Blackman/Jones, Evans); whether there are requirements related to federal funding (i.e., Maintenance of Effort (MOE), Match); and whether the proposed change addresses or solves a structural problem.
This tools identifies ten of these important issues. As such, the tool is perfect for the public and government alike.
I have written some materials I hope will make the budget process easier to understand, government information more accessible, and advocacy better informed.