News. Visit the Yahoo! tax and budget news pages
to track news articles about the Federal budget and
appropriations process. This site links to several
excellent sources including the Washington Post, New York Times,
Chicago Tribune, and USA Today.
Status of Appropriations Bills. Hosted
by the Library of Congress, this web site tracks Congressional
activity on the thirteen appropriations bills that must
be passed into law each year. Information is presented in
an easy to use chart format. The current chart tracks
appropriations for FY 2003.
Map. Use this map hosted by the White House to see
how the President's Budget Affects Your State.
Tax Foundation. Hosted by the Tax Foundation,
this web site presents a breakdown of the Bush tax plan and its
effects on individuals, families, state governments, and the
economy as a whole.
of Management and Budget (OMB). The role of the
Office of Management and Budget is to assist the President in
preparing the budget, and also to assist in the process of
budget administration. At this web site, you will find the
complete collection of budget publications and presidential
economic reports beginning in FY 1996. Also of key
interest are the OMB's circulars, financial management reports
and policy statements.
A Citizen's Guide to the Federal Budget.
publication is an invaluable resource for learning about the
budget process. Updated on an annual basis, it explains
such key concepts as mandatory versus discretionary spending;
budget authority versus budget outlay; and surplus versus deficit.
It also includes a helpful glossary of budget terms.
Budget Publications (FY 1996-Forward). The
Budget Publications present budget details as transmitted by the
President to Congress in February each year. Congress uses
these documents to arrive at its own budget, which ultimately
goes back to the President to be signed into law.
Senate: Committee on the Budget. The Senate Budget
Committee drafts the Senate's budget and oversees hearings,
studies and other activities towards fulfilling the Senate's role
in developing the national budget. Among the core functions
of the Senate Budget Committee are the analysis of the President's
budget, and the coordination of a budget resolution with the House
of Representatives. Also on the Senate Budget Committee's web site
Explanation of the Budget Process,
as well as a
Glossary of Budget Terms.
House of Representatives: Committee on the Budget.
The House Budget Committee drafts the House's budget and
oversees hearings, studies and other activities towards
fulfilling the House's role in developing the national
budget. Among the core functions of the House Budget
Committee are the analysis of the President's budget, and the
coordination of a budget resolution with the Senate.
Budget Office. Created by authority of the
Congressional Budget and Impoundment Act of 1974, the CBO's role
is to provide Congress with the information it needs in
developing, managing, analyzing and evaluating the national
budget. Much of the CBO's work has to do with budgetary
"scorekeeping." The CBO is also responsible for
producing the annual economic forecast.
of Federal Appropriations Law. Prepared by the
General Accounting Office, this publication comes in three
volumes (PDF format only). It discusses the statutes and
regulations governing appropriations matters, as well as
significant issues on appropriations law addressed by the
Comptroller General and the courts. Advanced
Process: Evolution and Challenges. This 1996 GAO
Report discusses how the budget process evolved into what it is
today, and examines the challenges Congress faces in changing
the process to make it more user friendly.
"An internet-based intelligence and consulting service that
provides a unique and powerful set of resources for examining
federal budget and appropriations developments."
Budget Information Resources.
There are numerous governmental and non-governmental
organizations that provide information and analysis on the
budgetary process via the Web. These organizations provide
statistical and anecdotal information, as well as professional insight on key issues that
drive the budget policy and implementation debate from year to