Final Individual Assignment -- Due by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 19th | Howell E. Jackson | January 10, 2018


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Final Individual Assignment -- Due by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 19th

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For your final individual assignment, please write a short paper (2-3) offering your thoughts on one way in which federal budget procedures should be reformed and also one reform (advanced by others) which you would not recommend.  Please explain your reasoning based on readings and class discussions over the course of the semester.

To stimulate your thinking on this topic, I have placed below a number of documents and links advancing a variety or reform proposals.  You need not read all of these materials, but skimming through them should give you a range of ideas on how federal budget processes could be reformed.  You are free to — but need not — consult other sources for reform proposals; however, your recommendations and analysis shoudl be your own.

This final assignment should be sumitted by email to me at with a copy to Sam Learner at by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 19th.

Good luck!


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  1. 1 Show/Hide More The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (December 2010) (aka Simpson Bowles Report)
    The Simpson Bowles Report include a number of substantive suggestions for moving the United States towards fiscal balance, but it also included several suggestions for reforming the budget process.
  2. 3 Show/Hide More CFRB Budget Reform Options (November 28, 2016) (updated March 27, 2017)
    This link will take you to a CFRB website outlining a variety of proposals for reforming the federal budget process.
  3. 5 Show/Hide More Reform Proposals from the Majority Staff of the House Budget Committee (2016)
    Original Creator: Howell E. Jackson
    This folder contains a series of short policy papers put together by the staff of the House Budget Committee in 2016.  They include a number of reform proposals.

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