December 21, 2014

New Round of Spending Bills Could Revive Detailed Demands on Agencies

June 17, 2011
Congressional Quarterly

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Some departments and programs — such as the FDA and the Coast Guard — remain in lawmakers’ cross hairs for quite awhile. Appropriators and their aides also tend to pay attention to fairly well-known programs, so they often develop deep working relationships over time with agency officials.

“They have a healthy understanding of each other,” said Joshua B. Gordon, policy director of The Concord Coalition, a nonprofit budget watchdog group.