Summer 2017 - 89870 - PA W381W - Foundations of Policymaking

Fed Budget/Govt Finance—DC
NOTE: The LBJ Washington Center opens this course to students currently enrolled in other public affairs graduate programs. Applications will be sent to these programs directly. Students will be required to submit evidence of good academic standing (3.0 or above) at their current institution. Enrollment is limited. Cost for non-UT students: (DC/3 hours): $3,000. Apply here. Please contact Jalys Caro, Graduate Program Coordinator, for more information. This course meets June 1 through August 11 on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00, but will also meet on some Fridays, during the day, for site visits with distinguished speakers.  Time and dates TBD. Students will learn about the role of the President’s budget and how it is developed, defended and executed. The course also will teach students about the congressional appropriations processes from the time the Congress receives the President’s budget to the time final appropriations legislation is passed, including the role of Congressional appropriations subcommittees and full committees, funding mechanisms, congressional budget procedures, etc. This course will build on the traditional LBJ School public financial management course, focusing on the federal budget process as a policy process involving the executive and legislative branches of government. Topics include:  Budget as policy  Fiscal structure of government in the U.S.   Mechanisms of intergovernmental finance   Overview of public budgeting & the budget cycle   Federal budget formulation process (OMB and the executive agencies)  Congressional budget and appropriations processes  Federal deficit reduction   U.S. debt  Cost analysis  Budgeting examples, including for national security and foreign aid  Use of price indices for deflation and inflation Tax evaluation criteria   Income tax Understanding interest rates  How to evaluate a government budget  Budget reforms in the U.S.