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.
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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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