Recap: GovConNet Member Meeting - How to Find Program Dollars in the Federal Budget - February 27, 2014

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February 27, 2014

February 27, 2014 – How to Find Program Dollars in the Federal Budget

Guest Speaker:  Ann Sullivan, President, Madison Services Group, Inc.

MCCC GovConNet Chair Kwesi Rogers welcomed MCCC members and introduced the guest speaker Ann Sullivan, President, Madison Services Group, Inc. (MSGI). Sullivan gave a presentation called, “Follow the Money” about how to find program dollars in the Federal Budget.

Sullivan began the presentation by describing the budget process. Specifically, she spoke about how the budget process is supposed to work and the reality of how the budget process worked in FY2014. She said most government contractors are most concerned with the outcome of the budget.

There are two components in the budget process: the President’s budget request and the appropriations bills and the accompanying Conference Committee Reports. When reading the budget request, it is important to identify agency budgets, new initiatives, consolidation, and elimination. This information allows for more effective planning and provides the necessary knowledge for speaking with and influencing agencies.

There are 12 Appropriations Subcommittees that oversee sectors of the government that set agency spending levels for the fiscal year. The committee reports specify programmatic level spending and instructions. Sullivan stressed the importance of catching phrases such as “no funding”. Key phrases can provide foresight and allow your business to get an early start on creating a new strategy, if necessary.

Remember, every member of Congress does not sit on an appropriations committee; however they all submit a list of priorities. Be sure to reach out to your legislators to request that your priorities be added to their list.

To view the full PowerPoint presentation, click here.

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