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Tuesday - 3/4/2014, 2:00am EST
Federal News Radio believes there is a better way to avoid this ongoing federal budget acrimony.
Our special report, "Now or Never: Ideas To Save the Failing Budget Process," highlights best practices, real-life successes and research that could save time, money and sanity in federal budgeting, and give agencies and contractors the stability needed to help meet the missions of the government.
We asked a range of experts — liberal, conservative, civilian, military, Democrat, Republican, federal and state — for their solutions. Read each of their columns below.
Office of Management and Budget
"We've seen in stark terms how uncertainty and instability can undermine the function of government ... My hope is that one of the things we learn and take away collectively from that is providing some stability and certainty — and trying to get back to a budget process that isn't defined by a constant series of crises — is in all of our interests." Read full column.
Former Comptroller General
Founder and CEO, Comeback America Initiative
"In addition to restoring reasonable Presidential reorganization authority, it's time to implement a statutory Government Transformation Board. This independent board would make periodic findings and recommendations to the Congress that would be guaranteed hearings and action within specified periods of time." Read full column.
State of Connecticut Representative
"The federal budget is huge, but it can be broken down into its component parts and those parts can be examined using results-based accountability. The idea is to foster cooperation and collaboration. I am a believer in starting small and achieving success and then bringing the program to scale." Read full column.
House Budget Committee
"Instead of forcing agencies to spend all of their time bureaucratically researching, planning, and submitting budget plans for the upcoming fiscal year, biennial budgeting creates set times for departments to submit their budget plans, and dedicates the rest of the time to actually governing." Read full column.
House Budget Committee
"Federal workers have already contributed more than $130 billion toward lowering our deficit ... We need to ensure that the federal government is able to attract talented new employees - we cannot keep whacking benefits from future workers." Read full column.
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
"We should accept that establishment of overall spending levels will continue to take too long for appropriations to be completed on time. Changes to the budget process should therefore focus on ways to reduce the effect of these delays on the near-term operation of government." Read full column.
IBM Center for the Business of Government
"Barriers exist that impede savings capture and reinvestment ... Overcoming barriers will likely require the use of prototypes and pilots to demonstrate the art of the possible, building support for pilots and understanding how success can scale more broadly." Read full column.
The Concord Coalition
"We will need more than changes in the budget process to successfully meet the nation's fiscal, economic and demographic challenges in the years ahead. No matter what budget system Washington has in place, elected officials must still ultimately make some difficult choices that involve substantial public sacrifices." Read full column.
Director, Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy
The Brookings Institution
"The challenge is to rethink the budget process and the presentation of the budget so that it is more likely to produce a durable consensus among a significant number of Democrats and Republicans and promote better public understanding of the fiscal choices the nation faces." Read full column.
"Despite the billions in sunk investments in systems, financial processes are such that when you add up all the layers, it takes something akin to archaeology for a citizen to unearth a specific fact about where and how money was spent." Read full column.
More From Our Special Report
Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker and Connecticut State Representative Diana Urban join Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss what needs to be done to fix the failing federal budget process. View an archive of the recent chat.