Monday, July 30, 2012

What do you want to know about the DC budget process?

If I had a FAQs for Susie the budget analyst, the first item would be "Would you please explain the budget process?"

Over the years, individuals, nonprofits, and the government have explained the process.   Two of my explanations are the DC Budget Process (PDF) and DC Budget Quarterly Timelines (PDF).   Both attempt to link the government process and advocacy opportunities.

Fan favorite DCFPI's explanation is Overview and Timeline of the DC Budget Process (PDF), part of the organization's budget toolkit.

The government's explanation (from the FY 2009 budget proposal) is similar to DCFPI's in that it is all narrative.

I've recently had conversations with budget and issue experts across the city as part of my contracting gig with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and Deputy Mayor for Education and one of the issues that keeps coming up is the need for an explanation of the District's budget process.   My question to my blog readers is this: What do you want to see in a description of the DC budget process?   Feel free to leave a comment on the blog or submit suggestions in the What do you need in an explanation of the District's budget process? survey.


  1. What do you think about the proposed trolley? Do you think it is a good investment? It seems like the schools could really use the money...

  2. Good question. I'm not well informed enough about the trolley and transportation issues in general to say much of anything. I will say, though, that if we think of spending as an investment, we need to see some returns. They may not all show immediate returns, such as education, but there should be some.

    What are your thoughts about the trolley?


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