What do nude beaches and catfish have to do with the federal budget? Quite a bit, it turns out. Working the Federal Budget fills the need for an unvarnished, readable guide to how the federal government collects money and spends it. Centuries of political struggles over the size and funding of government have produced a dense set of budget-related laws, procedures, court decisions and outright improvisations. The resulting rules are legion, complex, and remain a secret to many. In this book, author George D. Krumbhaar unravels the complexity with a journalist’s eye for clarity and a lawyer’s eye for detail, explaining the system, plainly laying out the laws that lie behind it, and identifying the players that are central to decision making at various stages in the process.
With chapters covering the grandiose (why we have such big deficits) and the picayune (PAYGO and its importance) in fascinating and often entertaining detail, Working the Federal Budget provides an invaluable and critical exploration of the who, the what, and the why of the budget process for readers with an interest in government relations and how the government functions—whether from Capitol Hill, the executive branch, "K Street," postgraduate studies or even civic concern.
Chapter 1: Before We Even Get Started
Chapter 2: Power, the Constitution, Congress, and the Federal System of Government
Chapter 3: Getting a Handle on the Budget: Why It Has Taken So Long With Still So Far To Go
Chapter 4: Budget Concepts: The Basics
Chapter 5: Budget Concepts: The Linear Approach
Chapter 6: Budget Concepts: The Cross-Cutting Approach
Chapter 7: The Budget and Appropriations Cycle
Chapter 8: Anatomy of an Appropriations Bill
Chapter 9: Taxes and Tax Policy
Chapter 10: Federal Credit and Insurance Programs
Chapter 11: The Budget and the Economy
Chapter 12: The Budget and Government Performance
Chapter 13: Federalism and the Budget
Chapter 14: Controlling the Budget in a Partisan Environment