Week 2 Assignment 1
Assignment 1: Policy Brief
The Federal Budget and how it gets made is a complex and lengthy process that has important implications for Federal and State agencies. Obviously, funding for each agency is going to affect that agency’s budget. Likewise, federal funding for social programs, education, and other programs such as disaster relief affects how states fund those programs in their own budgets. Using “2017 America First – A Blueprint to Make America Great Again” (link below), compare the federal budget with the budget of the Department of Education note how they are interconnected.
In a two- to three-page paper (not including cover and reference page), address the following:
Summarize the mission and budget of the department you selected.
Does the proposed budget of the department you chose include policy actions to reduce the deficit in the near future?
Does the proposed budget put the government on a path to reduce the federal debt within a decade to a sustainable percentage of GDP?
Does the proposed budget align revenues and spending closely over the long term?
Does the proposed budget restrain major entitlement programs or introduce changes in spending and tax policies that will have cumulative beneficial fiscal effects over time?
Your assignment must follow these requirements:
Include a short introduction and use the questions as section headers.
Please include at least three references, not including the president’s budget and the budget of the department of your choice (peer-reviewed not required, as most of your sources will be within the last one to three years).
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
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