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The Federal Budget Process:  A Simple Explanation

There is so much talk about the different federal budgets in the news that it is easy to lose track of the bigger picture. We have heard about President Trump's new budget proposal for FY 2018. But we are also hearing about about government spending laws expiring on April 28. Since the federal budget process is a complex phenomena, perhaps a brief refresher on the basic process might be useful.

Security Funding for the 2016 Political Conventions - The Role of Grants

Election fever is in the air as the Republicans gathered in Cleveland the 18th of July followed by the Democrats in Philadelphia this week. Conventions certainly generate economic activity for their host cities, but there are considerable costs as well. How do cities come up with money for their expenses? Are public funds available? We are all familiar with the box on our tax returns that we check if we want $3 of our tax money to go to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund. It used to be that a part of that money went to fund party conventions. In 2014, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act redirected that portion into a ten-year pediatric cancer research fund. While the political parties themselves no longer get taxpayer money to pay for their conventions, grants from the Department of Justice to the cities of Cleveland and Philadelphia played a major role in providing security for the two events.

DATA Act: Greater Federal Funding Transparency, Accountability

"American taxpayers deserve to be able to access information about how their money is being spent." - U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, 49th District California

Last month, the House of Representatives adopted H.R. 2061, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act), introduced by Congressman Darrell Issa. The bill aims to make federal spending more accessible, increase the availability of the data to the public, and improve oversight of federal funding. The legislation is also intended to offer a way to track federal spending, reduce compliance costs, improve transparency, prevent fraud, and improve the quality of data submitted on www.USASpending.gov.