Friday, February 27, 2009
Panel 1: Budget Outlook
- Bob Zahradnik, Office of Revenue Analysis, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
- Eric Goulet, Budget Director, Council of the District of Columbia
- William Singer, Chief of Budget Execution, Office of the City Administrator
- Staff, Council of the District of Columbia
To register, fax (202-234-9108) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the following information: Name, org (if applicable), complete mailing address, phone, fax, and email.
There is no cost for this forum, but pre-registration is requested.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The challenge for advocates, providers and others: Effecting change, advocating for a "good" budget for children, youth and families in this environment. Many in the executive and legislative branches fear another budget season of what has been described as feeding at the public trough. The elected and appointed officials I have talked with want to do right by people; the difficulty is doing it with close to $1 billion less in Local funds. Any ideas on how we do our advocacy in this economic meltdown? Email me your thoughts and I will share them with other loyal readerrs.
The FY 2010 baseline is $5.8 billion in Local funds, an increase of $312 million (5.7%) over the FY 2009 recurring budget of $5.5 billion.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
- Thursday, February 26, 2009, 5:00 - 8:00 pm -- registration deadline is February 24. To register, contact Ms. Diamond Vann at (202) 638-2575 ext. 106 or email@example.com.
- Wednesday, March 11, 8:30 - 11:30 am -- registration deadline is March 5. To register, contact Ms. Jackie Dilworth at (202) 659-5135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can't make these two trainings? Contact Diamond Vann at (202) 638-2575 ext. 106 or email@example.com to set something up.
- D.C. Wire, the WaPo blog
- Greater Greater Washington
- Greater Washington Initiative, not human services oriented, but useful in a broader context regarding planning issues in the region
So there we are. More must reads. Any more contributions? Do tell! Use the link on the right to email me your suggestions.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
For more information: Daniel Conner, (202) 724-8063 or visit CM Wells' Web site.
The theme of both? This is not a windfall and the city should exercise caution about accepting the money (especially if there are MOE -- maintenance of effort -- requirements) and should direct funding toward one-time and not on-going expenses. DCFPI added to the discussion in Jenny Reed's testimony on the DCFPI site. If you missed the hearing, go to OCT to watch it on demand.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
- A plastic container with a handle and that closes securely
- Pencils and sharpener (a little cheap one is fine)
- Ink pens
- Flip chart markers
- A big ol' marker (for signs, etc.)
- Stapler and staples
- Rubber bands
- Paper clips
- Binder clips
- Sticky notes
- Tape and tape dispenser
- Masking tape
- White Out
- Stain remover pen (like the Tide pen)
- Lint roller
- Business cards for key staff
- Box cutter
- The cost of court involvement (payments to the plaintiffs and monitor)
Remember, the Committee on Human Services is holding their oversight hearing of CFSA on February 25 at 10:00 am in Room 412 of the Wilson Building.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
- Themail: Go to DC Watch to sign up
- DC City Desk: Go to DC City Desk online. You can sign up for emails or RSS.
Do you have any must reads? Let me know; use the link on the right to email me your list.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The event is being held on Wednesday, February 18 from 8:30 - 11:30 am.
Read more about this event sponsored by Leadership Washington.
- Gray's Notes: email dmccoy AT dcouncil DOT us
- Jack's Weekly Newsletter: email ddeschaine AT dccouncil DOT us
- At-large Update (from Phil Mendelson): Go to CM's Web site to sign up for the newletter
- Brown Bulletin (Kwame Brown): Click the button
- Mary's eNewsletter: Go to the CM Cheh Web site
- Focus on 4: Sign up here
- The Thomas Connection: Sign up here
- Tommy Wells' newsletter: Sign up here
- Community Notes from Councilmember Alexander: Email aadesioye AT dccouncil DOT us
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Hint to advocates: Think about the effect of the Medicaid-related anti-deficiency on the FY 2009 budget and agency operations.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
CFSA is the subject of several upcoming City Council hearings. Two are on February 11: one about amending ASFA and the other about how CFSA has improved since the Jacks tragedy. [See the calendar at the end of the blog.] CFSA's oversight hearing is scheduled for February 25 and the budget hearing will be held on April 3. [See postings about the budget and oversight hearings for details.]
Friday, February 6, 2009
The primary criteria for DCPS’s assessment of whether to close Draper Elementary School are the same primary criteria used to identify schools for closing in December of 2007, namely (1) an enrollment decline greater than the median change for DCPS elementary schools and (2) total enrollment less than the median for DCPS elementary schools. See the Mayor's Education Reform Center. Supporting criteria, findings, and recommendations for all of the proposed actions are explained in the proposed rules.
Special community meetings on each of these proposed actions will be held prior to the taking of any final action on these proposals.
Public comments are due by ~March 6, 2009.
Two questioins: 1) How does the proposed fee compare with the fees charged by MPD and the FBI for running the check? and 2) How does the proposed fee compare with the fees others (volunteers, child care providers, etc.) have to pay?
The deadline for comments is ~March 6, 2009.
An analysis will be forthcoming.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
- Specific ways to use the Federal funds to meet demonstrated unmet needs
- How the city can best be held accountable for use of the funds, including putting in place specific and measurable output and outcome measures
- The Coalition on Human Needs has done some good work comparing the House and Senate versions of the stimulus bills
- The Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT Data Center presents basic data with the options to customize the DC data
- The GAO has prepared Medicaid provision change projections
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The roundtable is intended to learn more about the promise and limitation of the Stimulas Plan, obtain the Fenty Administration’s views on the use of these potential funds, and to provide the public with an opportunity to both learn what is in the Stimulus Plan and to provide comment on the priorities and specific recommendations for use of the funds. The House of Representatives has approved HR-1 and sent it to the Senate for consideration and several Senate bills have been introduced with the same aim. These proposals have many similarities but differ in terms of programs affected, certain requirements, and amounts of funding. Local leaders and experts have been invited to testify and senior District of Columbia officials have been asked to present their priorities for funding within the context of the legislative proposals and the District of Columbia’s financial, budgetary, and employment conditions.
Monday, February 2, 2009
The Council briefing on the CAFR is being held on Friday, February 6 at 10:00 am in the Council Chambers (5th floor of the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW).