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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
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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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