Congressional Budgeting for the Terrified: Come Up to Speed on the Congressional Budget Process–Understand Surpluses, Deficits, Appropriations, and Authorizations Once and For All

Why is the federal budget process so convoluted? How come it’s so hard to get an appropriation through Congress? What’s the difference between authorizations and appropriations? How can I track my organization’s appropriation?
If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, this course from TheCapitol.Net is a must: Understanding Congressional Budgeting and Appropriations at the Goethe-Institut, downtown Washington, DC, Wednesday, May 13, 2009 from 8:30 am to 4:10 pm.
Congressional budget experts will explain basic concepts of the congressional budget process: surpluses and deficits, authorizations, appropriations, Internet resources–and perhaps most critical, the individuals involved in the budget process, their roles and relationships. Attendees will gain knowledge about the dynamics of the federal deficit, discretionary and mandatory spending, how Congress handles the President’s budget, and budget resolution and reconciliation. Expert faculty will discuss the different types of authorization bills, the relationship between appropriations and the budget resolution, and other topics.
The last segment offers hands-on Internet training on how to find budget web sites and track appropriations.
This course includes a continental breakfast and a networking lunch.
To learn more about this course, visit or contact TheCapitol.Net directly at 703-739-3790 for more information. Space for this conference is limited.
The course is approved for .6 CEU credits from George Mason University and is part of the required curriculum for the Certificate in Congressional Operations.
TheCapitol.Net is the exclusive provider of Congressional Quarterly Executive Conferences. Based in Alexandria, VA, TheCapitol.Net offers non-partisan media, legislative, budget and advocacy training and information for thousands of government and business leaders each year.