Managing the Budget Process: October 9-10, 2013

Group-live course
Prerequisites: None           
Course level: Advanced
CPE credits: 8
Time: 2 Days, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Pacific)


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Who Will Benefit:

This course is for finance officers, budget officers, analysts, and other leaders in the organization who are responsible for overseeing and/or coordinating the budget process. 



Participants will be provided with the tools and techniques to coordinate and manage the operating and capital budget process. Participants will analyze the key elements of the budget development process, such as: obtaining public input, forecasting revenue, coordinating departmental budget submissions, and communicating key budget messages to the governing body and public. Participants will learn ways to more effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders to develop and present the budget in a way that allows the organization to best convey its goals, objectives, and mission.  


Seminar Objectives

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and duties of budget process staff inside and outside of the central budget office
  • Learn the key responsibilities for coordinating staff from across the organization
  • Understand how leading-edge governments are incorporating key elements of strategic thinking into the budget process
  • Learn the importance of communication and identify strategies to effectively communicate with all stakeholders
  • Learn how to work with the media
  • Understand the importance of performance management, evaluation, and analysis to link priorities and key outcomes to the budget
  • Discuss the role of the public during the budget process and how to get the most value from public input
  • Understand the role of technology in preparing the budget
  • Learn how to initiate and implement changes using change management

Recommended Reading

  • The State and Local Government Performance Management Sourcebook
  • GFOA Budgeting Series (Volumes 1 – 8)
    • Benchmarking and Measuring Debt Capacity (Volume 1)
    • Revenue Analysis and Forecasting (Volume 2)
    • Decision Tools for Budgetary Analysis (Volume 3)
    • Priority-Setting Models for Public Budgeting (Volume 4)
    • Organization and Design of an Effective Budget Function (Volume 5)
    • Cost Analysis and Activity-Based Costing for Government (Volume 6)
    • Financial Policies: Design and Implementation (Volume 7)
    • Capital Project Planning and Evaluation: Expanding the Role of the Finance Officer (Volume 8)

Registration Fees
GFOA member:  $580     Nonmember:  $790


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