Accession Number : ADA019371

Title :   The Federal Budget...A Study in Decisionmaking.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,


Personal Author(s) : Rajcic,John M.

Report Date : 02 SEP 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : The Federal Government has long been under pressure to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of governmental programs. In recognition of this pressure, the Program Planning Budgeting System (PPBS) was advanced as a tool to more effectively assist in formulating Federal policies. It was said that Congress and the public would use PPBS as a source of information to judge for themselves whether or not the programs are, in fact, doing the job they should be doing at a reasonable cost. In essence, PPBS was to introduce a rational comprehensive approach to the allocation of finite resources, i.e., PPBS was to bring about a substantial change in the decision-making process for budget preparation. PPBS was to stress 'non-incrementalism' in contrast to traditional budgeting that stresses 'incrementalism'. The change envisioned not only a change in the function of the Federal budgetary process, but a change in the roles and relationships of the participants in the budgetary process. The conclusion drawn is that PPBS has not brought about a significant change in the Federal Government's resource allocation policies or procedures; further, that PPBS must be considered within the broad framework of efforts to improve Federal policy-making.

Descriptors :   *Federal budgets, *Decision making, *Resource management, United States Government, Management planning and control, Allocations, Efficiency, Cost effectiveness, Policies, Defense planning, Military budgets

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE