The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee agree the budget process is starting later than ever this year. That means at least one continuing resolution, a congressional measure to fund the government for a limited time, is likely. Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Richard Shelby of Alabama says, “it’s going to be a long winter.”
- Kathleen Turco, former chief financial officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the General Services Administration and now director at CGI, said financial managers have to plan as if they will receive appropriations on Oct. 1, the beginning of fiscal year 2022, but also plan for a continuing resolution.
- Ariane Whittemore, former assistant deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for programs and resources and now managing director at Grant Thornton Public Sector, said operation under a continuing resolution this year might be a little different due to the likelihood of a partially virtual environment.
- Whittemore said financial managers should turn to their legal counsels to navigate the continuing resolution process and ensure their planning abides by statutes.