Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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In the broadest terms, the 2010 budget was already set by the previous administration. The current administration has put its fingerprints all over it making sure no new initiatives get funded that are in opposition to it's election platform. But regardless of administration, the caretaker budget is going to be about the same and Congress is expecting a caretaker budget for 2010 with some exceptions. 2011 is when a complete review of each departmental budget will be possible and when new directions across government will finally be implemented. For better and worse, the previous administration owns the first year budget of the successor government and the subsequent year is still heavily influenced.
Before taking power the present administration sent in very knowledgeable transition advance teams to hear each department pitch it's departmental mission and objectives and capabilities. They go back up their own foodchain and present the incoming administration with a skeletal description of what's going on and what meets with objectives of the incoming admin and what should be killed-off as being too imbedded with the opposition/previous admin. The incoming admin then enunciates direction and sets broad budgetary goals. Only on rare occaissions will the incoming admin order an immediate freeze on spending for a particular agency or initiative. The vast majority of programs and projects are allowed to continue for the first year of the new admin.
It starts with the White House setting policy direction for each department of gov. Each department then sets direction for each agency and each agency then aligns each cost center and tells the cost center to propose 2-3 budget scenarios along with justifications of each existing program and each proposed new initiative.
Eventually a set of spending proposal from each department floats upt to the White House for review by OMB (Old Mean Bastards) to make sure that policy and spending goals are addressed. Adjustments are made etc. Then the OMB sends it to the president and he submits it to the House of Representatives, who jealously protect their constitutional role as the originator of all spending bills.
The House will hold hearings and get OMB, department, agency and special interests to testify concerning the president's proposed budget. The House has full control over what actually gets presented to the Senate. The senate debates it and rejects it. They go into conference committee and negotiate on a final version. The House resubmits it and the Senate passes it and it goes to the Administration. It will bear a resemblance to the president's budget.
The biggest problems we are facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and that’s what I intend to reverse.
~ Senator Barack H. Obama