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What the federal government can learn from the state of Connecticut

The state of Connecticut relies on a results-based accountability model to develop its budget. Rep. Diana Urban says the system offers a structure that allows lawmakers to create a shared vision and get rid of programs that are not achieving that vision. Rep. Urban's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.

Tags: Diana Urban , Connecticut , results-based accountability , Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Biennial budget process will reduce agency waste, increase congressional efficiency

Twenty states currently use biennial budgeting, with great results, says Congressman Reid Ribble. Rep. Ribble's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.

Tags: congress , Reid Ribble , Wisconsin , House of Representatives , Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Biennial budgeting, Transformation Board needed to restore fiscal sanity

In addition to restoring reasonable Presidential reorganization authority, it's time to implement a statutory Government Transformation Board to make periodic findings and recommendations to Congress, says David Walker, former comptroller general of the U.S. Mr. Walker's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.

Tags: David Walker , GTI Coalition , Comeback America Initiative , Comptroller General , GAO , Government Transformation Board , Inform Act , biennial budgets

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Why the budget process isn't the budget problem

The challenge is not to fine tune the obviously dysfunctional budget process. 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, says David Wessel of the Brookings Institution. Mr. Wessel's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.

Tags: David Wessel , Brookings Institution , Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Long-term budget outlook key to fiscal success

Under the current annual budget cycle, the difficult struggle to pass appropriations bills consumes too much valuable time and effort, says Robert Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition. Mr. Bixby's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.

Tags: Robert Bixby , The Concord Coalition , Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process , congress

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Fixing the budget problem starts with accepting the politics behind it

Adopting biennial appropriations and committing to stable funding for capital investments would go a long way towards fixing a broken budget process that is inherently political, says Bryan Clark of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Mr. Clark's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.

Tags: Bryan Clark , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments , Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process , management , congress

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Managing through tight budgets; lessons from all levels of government

Agencies must face the fiscal realities of constrained budgets and limited resources. Dan Chenok, the executive director of IBM Center for the Business of Government, says executives need to look across all levels of government to find ways to save costs. Mr. Chenok's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.

Tags: Dan Chenok , IBM Center for the Business of Government , management , Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Feds should not shoulder the burden of deficit reduction

Federal employees continue to be Congress' go-to resource for deficit reduction through pay freezes and increases in their retirement contributions, according to Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). Van Hollen's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.

Tags: Chris Van Hollen , Maryland , congress , House of Representatives , Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Obama to propose employee training improvements in 2015 budget

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta didn't have details on the proposals, but she said agencies need to learn from each other and build on their successes.

Tags: workforce , training , Barack Obama , Katherine Archuleta , OPM , NTEU , Jason Miller

Monday - 03/03/2014, 04:31am EST

Air Force to accelerate headquarters staff cuts

Air Force leaders intend to surpass their share of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's edict to reduce DoD headquarters spending by 20 percent and complete the task several years ahead of schedule. The personnel cuts are part of the service's plan to shrink its size in order to catch up with decades of deferred spending on readiness and modernization.

Tags: DoD , personnel , Air Force , Deborah Lee James , Eric Fanning , readiness , sequestration , Jared Serbu

Monday - 03/03/2014, 04:52am EST
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