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Budgeting and Financial Management for Congressional Offices

Resources for a congressional office are given to Members and their staff by Congress and paid for by the American taxpayer. Spent wisely, those resources can greatly boost chances of success and achievement in Congress.

Due to recent budget cuts to congressional offices, CMF is offering resources on budgeting and financial management as well as some tips on handeling the budget cuts.

Operating a congressional office is like operating a small business. All small businesses require two things: a mission or purpose (a reason for existing), and resources to support that mission.

In Congress, you are largely responsible for developing your mission—your reason for coming to Washington—what you want to accomplish and contribute while here. This must be communicated in your strategic plan.

Your resources are given to you by Congress and paid for by the American taxpayer. Spent wisely, those resources can greatly boost your chances of success and achievement in Congress.

How do you accompish this when there are so many decisions to make regarding personnel, equipment, travel, and operating issues? To help you make smart spending decisions, CMF's "Budgeting and Financial Management" page provides guidance on avoiding problems, budgeting toward your goals, establishing financial procedures for your office, and cost-cutting methods. More detailed information can be found in Chapter 12 of "Setting Course: A Congressional Management Guide."

To read CMF's newest research and short manual on handling budget cuts click here.

 
 
 

ABOUT CMF

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CMF is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to helping Congress and its Members meet the evolving needs and expectations of an engaged and informed 21st century citizenry.

Our work focuses on improving congressional operations and enhancing citizen engagement through research, publications, training, and management services.

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PROJECTS

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Communicating with Congress The Internet forever changed how citizens and Congress interacts. The goal of this project is to facilitate a more meaningful democratic dialogue.

 

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Gold Mouse Project
Congress should effectively communicate with and serve citizens online. CMF assesses congressional websites to identify best and innovative practices that can be more widely adopted by the House and Senate.

 

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Inside the Hill
Produced by Founding Partner Fleishman-Hillard, this video series allows you to hear directly from Members and staff on how technology is changing the way Congress works.

 

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Life in Congress
This novel research project by CMF and the Society for Human Resource Management has two goals: identify the factors that motivate congressional staff and shed some light on Congress as a workplace.

 

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21st Century Town Hall Meetings CMF seeks to continue our innovative work in this area by conducting comparative research on in-person town halls, online town halls, and telephone town halls.