The House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a hearing to examine budget and appropriations process reform. The hearing included testimony from AAU Executive Vice President and Vice President for Federal Relations and Convergence Building a Better Budget Process participant Matt Owens.
In his testimony, Owens laid out the history, themes, principles of Convergence’s budget project and highlighted five reform proposals to improve the federal budget process. “No single budget process reform or package of reforms can by itself remedy the prevailing dysfunction,” said Owens. Rather, “process matters, and changes—small or large—that Congress decides to adopt can create ownership and buy-in for new expectations and norms for determining and managing our nation’s finances.”