Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Budget update, January 11

Are you ready for oversight and budget?
The latest news from the DC Council is that the council will vote on the schedule for the FYs 2011 and 2012 performance oversight and FY 2013 budget hearings at the January 17 COW meeting.   Important dates in the process are:
  • February 1: Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) released by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.   There is typically a press briefing associated with the release and it is open to the public.   Members of the public generally do not receive a printed copy of the CAFR the day it is released but it is posted on the CFO website,
  • March 23: Mayor Gray transmits his proposed FY 2013 budget to the DC Council.   The date was set by the council in PR19-449, "Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Submission Requirements Resolution of 2011"
  • May 15: First DC Council vote on Budget Request Act and Budget Support Act
  • June 5: Second vote on the Budget Support Act

Remember, Communications for DC Advocates: How-to's and lessons learned over 15 years is available to help you prepare for the oversight and budget hearings.   The guide includes tips and directions for preparing CMs and staff for hearings, writing and delivering testimony, following up, and much more.

FY 2013 budget intelligence
  • Budget development in context: The Current Services Funding Level CSFL is $150 million greater than the current revenue outlook.
  • "Pencils down": The mayor's budget office is expected to finish the proposed budget by the first week and at the latest, the second week of March.
  • FY 2013 CSFL: The Office on Budget and Planning hopes to publish the Current Services Funding Level in the next week.
  • One City Summit, February 11: Many, including Mayor Gray and senior administration officials, view the summit as an opportunity for the public to weigh in on the FY 2013 budget.
  • Budget briefings: It's expected that the Gray Administration will hold briefings on the proposed budget in each ward as the administration did for the FY 2012 budget.

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