national association of state budget officers

Dinner is on your own prior to the tour. THURSDAY, AUGUST ... Michael Maul, Associate Director, Virginia Department of Planning & Budget. Goals. • Examine ...


Seminar Check-In

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Meet in hotel lobby at 6:15 p.m.

Networking Excursion – DC Monuments at Night Forge relationships with state budget analysts from around the country on this fun networking excursion. Dinner is on your own prior to the tour.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Seminar Check-In & Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Fiscal State of the States: Examining Current Budget Trends John Hicks, Executive Director, NASBO Goals  Learn about NASBO’s resources for analysts.  Understand the current state fiscal landscape.  Examine challenges states are facing related to revenue and spending pressures.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Speed Networking: Connect & Explore Ideas with Other Analysts Goals  Build a national network of colleagues you can turn to for information and advice.  Ask questions and explore ideas in discussion groups.  Learn about other state’s budget processes.

11:45 a.m.

Class of 2016 Group Photo

12:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch and Learn: What You Need to Know to Succeed Goals  Ask questions of senior level budget analysts about issues and concerns specific to the role of a budget analyst.  Discuss ways to adapt to the job, avoiding common pitfalls, building credibility as an analyst, and other issues as suggested by participants.

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.


2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Making the Connection: Ensuring Useful Content and Clear Communication Harvey Lillywhite, Co-Director, Quality Communications Group, Inc. Goals  Learn how to generate content that connects with readers by targeting and then addressing their important questions.  Gain helpful tips for managing sentences for conciseness and clarity.

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.


4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Analyzing Budget Requests: Introduction Michael Maul, Associate Director, Virginia Department of Planning & Budget Goals  Examine techniques used in analyzing budget requests such as determining need, looking at spending trends, seeking alternatives, challenging the base, using performance measures, and comparing to national standards and trends.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Reception & Policy Area Networking Dinner Participants will have dinner in groups to network and discuss issues specific to their program areas and agencies.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Analyzing Budget Requests: Case Studies Michael Maul, Associate Director, Virginia Department of Planning & Budget Goals  Use case studies to demonstrate the techniques previously discussed.  Build relationships with other state budget analysts.

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Seminar Conclusion and Closing Remarks (Certificates of completion will be awarded. Leaving early is strongly discouraged.)

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