Tag Archives: Congress

The government shutdown explained

I figured since everybody else was drawing charts, I should make one of my own. (Photos from various public sites.) Government Shutdown Explained (full size)

Visualization of the Constitutional provisions which caused the government to shut down.
Visualization of the Constitutional provisions which caused the government to shut down.

Fiscal year planning

Try this in your organization: with no warning, call some people in and then tell them they have 30 minutes to come up with a detailed budget for the coming fiscal year, complete with quarterly breakdowns of how much of that money will be spent in any given 90 day chunk. Then give them a reduced amount six months into the fiscal year, and scold them for not following the plan. Congress calls this “fiscal planning.” Fiscal year plans (full size).

Fiscal planning process, as decreed by Congress.
Fiscal planning process, as decreed by Congress.