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Lunch & Learn Budget Briefing

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Join GTSC and Michelle Mrdeza to learn about the Federal budget and appropriations process. It is often a mystery to businesses yet it is one of the more critical pieces to getting Federal …

Join GTSC and Michelle Mrdeza to learn about the Federal budget and appropriations process. It is often a mystery to businesses yet it is one of the more critical pieces to getting Federal business—without a Federal appropriation, agencies will not have programs to fund! The President is getting ready to submit his FY 2014 budget to the Congress. The President “proposes” and Congress “disposes” and always remember:
“No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law...”
--- U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 9, Clause 7
Come learn about how Congress looks at budget requests for DHS; who makes decisions about funding levels and why; what trade offs are being made with tight fiscal constraints; and ultimately where we can expect Congress to focus these tight resources in fiscal year 2014 and beyond.

About Michelle Mrdeza
As a founding partner of the Government Technology and Services Coalition, Michelle Mrdeza brings more than twenty-three years of experience in public service to its members, working primarily in the Executive and Legislative branches .At Cornerstone, Michelle leads the firm’s homeland security practice group. In that capacity, Michelle represents a broad and diverse set of clients, helping them identify funding opportunities within the Department of Homeland Security, introducing them to decision makers and putting clients in an advantageous position to successfully bid on multi-year contracts.of government. In 2007, Ms. Mrdeza retired as the majority staff director of the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. She directed this subcommittee since its inception in February of 2003, gaining a unique understanding of the challenges and opportunities within both the Department of Homeland Security and the homeland security space. Michelle is President and CEO of MXM Consulting LLC and a Senior Advisor to one of the top public relations and lobbying firms in Washington, D.C., Cornerstone Government Affairs. As President and CEO of MXM Consulting, Michelle serves as a subject matter expert on homeland security and appropriations issues for Georgetown University, the Brookings Institution, the Homeland Security Institute, the MITRE Corporation and the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council. She also serves as a senior advisor to several small start-up companies, helping them navigate the dynamic and diverse homeland security environment.
At the GTSC, Michelle helps members understand how actions by the legislative branch can fundamentally impact opportunities in the security space. In particular, she helps members understand and navigate the annual appropriations process—and how that process affects their bottom line.
Michelle received a Master’s of Public Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Virginia.

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  • 1. PUTTING THE BUDGET IN PERSPECTIVEFEDERALBUDGET$3.5TrillionMANDATORY$2.1TrillionINTERESTONTHEDEBT$227BillionDISCRETIONARY$1.043TrillionB59Bsequester$984BDEFENSE$517Billion(B7.8%sequester)NONBDEFENSE$526Billion(B5.0%sequester)Agriculture;JusRce;Interior;Energy;TransportaRon;Housing;HomelandDefense;NSA;Intelligence
  • 2. APPROPRIATIONS PROCESSPRESIDENT’S BUDGET1stMonday in FebruaryHOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEEJurisdiction: Concurrent Budget ResolutionSENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE 12 SUBCOMMITTEESHearings302(b) AllocationSENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEERefer to SenateSubcommittee MarkupFull Committee MarkupSenate FloorRequest ConferenceAppoint ConfereesHearingsCommittee MarkupHouse Passed ResolutionHearingsCommittee MarkupSenate Passed ResolutionConferenceDISCRETIONARY SPENDING CAPS302(a) ALLOCATIONConference: Report back to House and Senate on disposition of amendmentsHouse and Senate Passed Conference ReportSent to President for signature: October 1stHOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEEJurisdiction: Annual appropriations bills includingsupplementals and rescissions12 SUBCOMMITTEESHearings302(b) AllocationSubcommittee MarkupMay 15thFull Committee MarkupHouse Rules CommitteeHouse FloorAgree to ConferenceInstruct ConfereesAppoint Conferees

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