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Examine the federal budget process and the formulation of the president’s budget, the congressional budget and appropriations. Receive a comprehensive overview of the policy decisions involved. Determine how to best position your organization during funding decisions. And learn how nongovernmental organizations engage in important budget deliberations.

 “Now, I’m much better prepared to work successfully with the White House, the Office of Management and Budget, and Congress to achieve my agency goals.” – Class participant

OPM Competency: Political Savvy

MSL Credit Hours: 1

This course is required for the Certificate in Policy Strategy.


Brookings scholars, policymakers, foreign diplomats, and corporate professionals are the types of speakers who will share their insights within this course.

Past speakers for this course include:

  • The Hon. Josh Gotbaum, Guest Scholar – Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution; Former Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Economic Policy
  • Bill Hoagland, Senior Vice President, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former Staff Director of the Senate Budget Committee
  • Maya MacGuineas, President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • The Hon. Carmel Martin, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Former Assistant Secretary for Policy and Budget, U.S. Department of Education
  • David Wessel, Senior Fellow and Director, The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution

Program Benefits:

  • Navigate complex administration and congressional budgetary processes
  • Understand the components of the federal budget and how they drive policy decisions
  • Review potential policy changes for both discretionary and nondiscretionary spending
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