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Balancing the Federal Budget

Balancing the Federal Budget - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-1889119625

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ISBN13: 978-1889119625
ISBN10: 1889119628
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Publisher: Chatham House Publishers
Published: 2003
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Balancing the Federal Budget - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-1889119625

Irene S. Rubin

ISBN13: 978-1889119625
ISBN10: 1889119628
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Chatham House Publishers

Published: 2003
International: No

Author Bio

Rubin, Irene : Northern Illinois University

Irene Rubin is a professor of the Public Administration Division of the Political Science department at Northern Illinois University. Her prior books include: Running the Red, Shrinking the Federal Government, and The Politics of Public Budgeting. She has served as editor of Public Budgeting and Finance and Public Administrative Review. In 1996 she was chosen to be a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. In 2000 she received the Aaron Wildavsky award for career contributions to the literature of public budgeting.

Table of Contents

1. 1981--1998: Balancing the Budget: What Have We Learned?

Why Balance the Budget: Defining the Problem
Learning How to Balance the Budget
Design of the Study
Organization of the Book

2. What Happened and What Was Learned

What Have We Learned: The Lessons of the late 1970s and Early 1980s
Avoid Reductions in Force to Slim the Workforce
Finding a Budget Process that Discourages Deficits
Gramm-Rudman-Hollings
The Budget Enforcement Act of 1990

3. Information Agencies

Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of the Census
Bureau of Labor Statistics

4. Budget Offices

Congressional Budget Office
OMB

5. The General Accounting Office

Vulnerability
Criticisms of the Agency's performance
Budget History
Agency Responses
Agency Strategies
Summary and Conclusions

6. The Departments' Response: Agriculture

Overview of Themes
The USDA

7. Department of Commerce

Background
Budget Cuts, Threats of Termination, and Response
Department wide responses
Resistance and Triage
Winning Support
EDA: Cuts, Threats of Termination, and Adaptation
The PTO, User Fees and Deficit Reduction
NOAA

8. The Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Reagan Years
The Scandals
Clinton Administration
Consequences
Earmarking and Boutique Programs
Monitoring and Evaluation
Constituencies and advocacy

9. Office of Personnel Management

Introduction
The Reagan Years
The National Performance Review: Phases One and Two
Reorganization
Assessment
Themes

10. Eating the Seed Corn and Trimming the Herds

Budget Process and Tradeoffs
Defining Core Functions
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Census Bureau
Office of Personnel Management
HUD
Responding to Staffing Reductions: Increased Efficiency and Contracting Out
Duration
Strategies
Learning

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