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FCW : September 15, 2013
Budget outlook postponed coming to terms with nd- ing the substance --- or process --- for agreement between the House and Senate and with Obama. Like students or journalists who put off the inevitable day of reckoning, lawmakers hope that their deadline will somehow ease or disappear. Others hope that the endgame will encourage both sides to put their cards on the table. "We do want to go to [a House/ Senate] conference, but we want to go when we have a good chance of actu- ally getting something done, " Ryan told reporters. Both sides' procrastination seems likely to complicate the task. Deadline pressures can limit meaningful discus- sion, as was evident during the 2012 New Year's Eve deal-making. Always eager to defer painful choices, lawmakers can now cite a continuing reduction in the federal de cit, which is projected to dip to about $500 billion in 2018. But they are less eager to point out that baby boomer retirements, among other factors, will move those numbers higher again. And the budget sequester is not pegged to changing de cits. The rolling de cits have fueled cyni- cism about annual budget debates. Vet- eran Washington players point out that budget dysfunction has been constant since the Congressional Budget Act was enacted in 1974. "The budget is a problem, " Lilly said. "But that process is not what drives the problem of spending. " Ultimately, the current budget mess points out the growing oversight failures and lack of direction by both Congress and the White House in deal- ing with federal agencies. In the era of 24-hour news and social media, lead- ing gures in both parties see more bene ts in partisan gamesmanship than in the often tedious details of govern- ment management. Lobbyists and the news media, of course, often encourage con icts. Budget observers concede that the breakdown of discipline has become a bipartisan problem. Decision-makers "can't nd out what agencies are doing, " Lilly said. "There is no accountability in the budget process. "■ When you re ready to do something bigger When you re ready to advance your career You are ready for American Public University American Public University is ready to help you move your career forward. We offer respected degrees in Business Administration, Information Technology, Security Management, Management, Military Management and Program Acquisition, and more --- completely online. We re also able to provide our students with opportunities beyond the virtual classroom working with select Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. And people are taking notice. We ve been nationally recognized by the Sloan Consortium for effective practices in online education. When you re ready, visit StudyatAPU.com/FCW We want you to make an informed decision about the university that s right for you. For more about the graduation rate and median debt of students who completed each program, as well as other important information---visit www.APUS.edu/disclosure. 7. Whistling past the graveyard 8. Failing to manage 18 September 15, 2013 FCW.COM
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