McCourt School of Public Policy

Introduction to Public Budgeting

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About the course

This non-credit course provides an overview of the budgeting process at the Federal level of the U.S. government. It highlights the players, the processes, and the politics of the fiscal and budgetary systems and the relationships to public policies. The course also focuses on the current fiscal issues to include the competition between mandatory and nondiscretionary spending and the impact on the overall Federal budget.

Course Goals

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

Evaluate the dynamics of the budgeting process and examine the roles of the players and their perspectives and motivations;

Examine the long-term fiscal issues that challenge the country, the President, and the Congress; and

Evaluate possible strategies to minimize/avoid the impending “budget crisis.”

Who should attend

This course is for professionals and administrators in government and other affiliated industries who wish to gain additional expertise in fiscal and governmental aspects of budgeting and financial management; the development of organizational budgets; and governmental accounting.

Trust the experts

Adrienne Ferguson

Adrienne Ferguson is the Acting Department Chair, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Academy and Professor of Practice at the National Defense University (NDU), College of Information and Cyberspace at Fort McNair military base in Washington, DC. She teaches Federal financial management courses to se...


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