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Lessons Learned from a Year as a Washington Bureaucrat. Roger L. King William L. Giles Distinguished Professor. Background. Associate Director-Research, GeoResoures Institute, (www.gri.msstate.edu)

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Lessons learned from a year as a washington bureaucrat

Lessons Learned from a Year as a Washington Bureaucrat

Roger L. King

William L. Giles Distinguished Professor


Background

Background

  • Associate Director-Research, GeoResoures Institute, (www.gri.msstate.edu)

  • Director, National Consortium on Remote Sensing in Transportation - Environmental Assessments (www.ncrste.msstate.edu)

  • Director, Computational Geospatial Technologies Center, (www.erc.msstate.edu/geotech)

  • Chief Engineer, Remote Sensing Technologies Center - (www.rstc.msstate.edu)


Invitation from nasa hq

Invitation from NASA HQ

  • Chief Technologist - Earth Science Enterprise Applications Division

  • Senior technical and policy advisor

  • Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment (IPA)

  • 100% buyout of time + travel + living expenses


How to avoid being shot by a sniper or ran over by a white van

How to avoid being shot by a sniper or ran over by a white van.


Omb vs congress who has the real power

OMB vs. Congress - Who has the real power?

  • Office of Management and Budget

    • President’s budget request

    • On mission - very powerful Budget Examiners

      • tax cuts, deficit spending, less than robust economy, war - It’s not the 90s

    • 3 year process

      • In FY 03 while I was in Washington

      • FY 04 budget set by OMB and sent to Hill

      • FY 05 submitted to OMB for review

      • FY 06 on the horizon


Omb vs congress who has the real power1

OMB vs. Congress - Who has the real power?

  • Congress reacts to President’s budget

  • Horse trading by House and Senate

  • Earmarks, plus ups, Congressionally mandated projects

    • General stance on them by Executive Branch is they deter from the management of a balanced budget process and make it more difficult to be accountable to taxpayers.


Omb vs congress who has the real power2

OMB vs. Congress - Who has the real power?

  • Earmarks, plus ups, Congressionally mandated projects

    • Reality

    • Some agencies will work a priori with recipients of projects to align their request with agency mission

    • Some agencies refuse to discuss projects


Lessons learned from a year as a washington bureaucrat

Why is it that in Washington if you are asked to organize a meeting that you're not high enough to speak at it?

  • Planning Committee, Commercial Remote Sensing: Improving the International Business Environment - May 2003

  • Earth Observation Summit - G8 Agenda

  • Washington is very much about who you are (i.e., What is your position in the government?).

  • Unless someone knows who you are, don’t look for answers to emails and voice mails.


Can i affect the budget process

Can I affect the budget process?

  • Maybe

  • President’s budget

    • By going to Washington and working from within the system to effect change

    • Having good connections within an agency

    • Not near term funding, but it can be sustainable


Can i affect the budget process1

Can I affect the budget process?

  • Congressional budget

    • Congressionally mandated projects

    • This is 1 year money (i.e., it requires the delegation to put this money back into an agency’s budget on an annual basis)

    • Can give the state and university a “bad name” within the Executive branch if it is taken to excess


Questions

Questions?


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