Balancing the Federal Budget

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  • Copyright: 2003-02-01
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In this timely book Irene Rubin focuses on how government tried and eventually succeeded in balancing the U.S. federal budget in 1998. With characteristic insight and a lively narrative, Rubin describes the successive efforts of Congress and the administration over seventeen years to shape a process that would encourage balance, as well as the reactions of federal agencies to the pressure.

Table of Contents

Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
1981-98: Balancing the Budget: What Have We Learned?p. 1
Why Balance the Budget: Defining the Problemp. 2
Learning How to Balance the Budgetp. 7
Design of the Studyp. 24
Organization of the Bookp. 28
What Happened and What Was Learnedp. 29
What Have We Learned: The Lessons of the Late 1970s and Early 1980sp. 33
What We Have Not Learnedp. 47
Conclusionp. 63
Eating the Seed Corn?
Information Agencies: Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of the Censusp. 67
Bureau of Labor Statisticsp. 69
Censusp. 82
Conclusionsp. 95
Budget Officesp. 97
Congressional Budget Officep. 99
Office of Management and Budgetp. 109
General Accounting Officep. 123
Vulnerabilityp. 125
Criticisms of the Agency's Performancep. 126
Budget Historyp. 127
Agency Responsesp. 127
Impactsp. 138
Agency Strategiesp. 145
Conclusionsp. 147
Trimming the Herds?
Department of Agriculturep. 153
The USDAp. 154
The Reorganization Planp. 163
1996 Simplification of Authorizing Legislationp. 167
Matching Workload, Program Complexity, and Staffing Levelsp. 170
Conclusionsp. 174
Department of Commercep. 178
Budget Cuts, Threats of Termination, and Responsep. 182
Department-wide Responsesp. 183
EDA: Cuts, Threats of Termination, and Adaptationp. 197
PTO: User Fees and Deficit Reductionp. 201
NOAAp. 206
Conclusionsp. 218
Department of Housing and Urban Developmentp. 220
The Reagan Yearsp. 224
The Scandalsp. 226
The Clinton Administrationp. 229
Consequencesp. 236
Earmarking and Boutique Programsp. 242
Monitoring and Evaluationp. 245
Constituencies and Advocacyp. 248
Conclusionsp. 249
Office of Personnel Managementp. 252
The Reagan Yearsp. 256
The National Performance Review: Phases 1 and 2p. 258
Reorganizationp. 268
Assessmentp. 270
Conclusionsp. 273
Eating the Seed Corn and Trimming the Herdsp. 276
Budget Process and Tradeoffsp. 277
Defining Core Functionsp. 284
Responding to Staffing Reductions: Increased Efficiency and Contracting Outp. 288
Durationp. 290
Strategiesp. 292
Learningp. 294
Notesp. 296
Indexp. 311
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