Working knowledge of public-sector budgeting processes and other tasks typically carried out by budget office staff.
Budget staff, finance officers, city/county managers, and others with an interest for improving the effectiveness of the budget office and the value it has to the organization.
The “budget office” can take on many forms depending on the size, type, history, or culture of an organization. In most organizations, the budget office or the individuals responsible for the budget “function” also perform many other tasks. This session will feature speakers from a variety of organizations to discuss and debate how to build an effective budget function. Questions for discussion will include:
- What role does the budget office play in an organization?
- Does an organization really need a separate budget office?
- Where is the most appropriate place to put a budget office in a government organization structure?
- How many staff is optimal?
- What other roles should the budget staff provide in addition to coordinating the budget process?
- What level of involvement should the budget office have in related processes like strategic planning, citizen participation, CIP development, performance management, and program evaluation?
- What type of skillsets/positions are needed within a budget office?
- How can we improve the performance of the budget office and staff within it?
Those who successfully complete this seminar should be able to:
- Understand how different organizations approach the budget function
- Determine how to improve the structure of your budget office (or budget function)
- Identify the key functions that are performed by the budget office
- Understand the pros and cons for locating the budget office in different places in the organization
- Learn the roles the budget office staff can serve outside of the typical budget process