Posted: February 18th, 2021
It’s time to tackle the final assignment in the course. This project will give you a chance to develop knowledge about the way different offices in levels of government interact during the budget process. >> In addition, the assignment builds your skills in representing information visually. This brief video provides a few tips to get you started. >> As you know, the assignment ask you to develop a diagram or infographic and a written brief to inform people about the mandates of the OMB, Office of Management and Budget, and the CBO, the Congressional Budget Office. >> In addition, you need to depict procedures and responsibilities of these two different agencies. >> Finally, your diagram should convey insights about the influence these agencies have on the governmental agency that you have been studying in your assignments in the past weeks. >> A good place to start might be the organizational chart of the United States seen here on the screen in front of you. >> You can go to the United States Government Manual. >> The link for that will be provided in the course materials this week. >> And you’ll see on the nav on the left side a link to the org chart of the United States government. >> Click that link and take a look at the org chart. You see it here in front of you on the slide. >> On the org chart, you’ll be able to find the Congressional Budget Office, CBO in the legislative branch, and the Office of Management and Budget, OMB in the executive branch. >> Make sure you understand where your organization, your government agency fits in on this chart. And it might be the legislative branch, it might be in the executive branch, it might not be in the federal government at all. Perhaps your agency is at the state or local level. >> You could put it on the side of the diagram in order to get started on this process. So this is to help you visualize how these groups interact. >> Next, take a look at the websites for the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget. >> Make sure you understand the mandates, the procedures, and the responsibilities of these two influential groups? >> Make a list of the most important topics that you find the fit. >> These answer these three questions, mandates, procedures, and responsibilities. >> There’s a lot of information there, so you’re going to need to pick out the things that are the most important. >> So finally, your diagram should convey your insights about the influence that these two agencies will have. >> So on the chart, you can go ahead and start developing those insights. >> I recommend that you think about some top questions and this is your assignments, so you could bring in any information you think is relevant. >> But first of all, consider how decisions are made in your government agency and what budget decisions are impacted or influenced, constrained, perhaps by the CBO or the OMB? >> How is your agency accountable to those groups? >> Is it a two-way street? >> Is or information exchange during the budget process. And what information is shared? How is it shared? And how did these groups in the end constrain or influence one another? >> So the most important thing you want to be looking at is the budget process for this assignment. Because as I said, there’s quite a lot of information about all of these groups, the online. And it’s important to stick to the most important pieces so that your assignment can be done efficiently in the time that you have along with your diagram, which can be formatted anyway you like. You can use PowerPoint, you can use Microsoft word, you could use a Google Doc, you could use a Google, you could use Keynote views, the map, any tool will work as long as you’re able to diagram and add text. And then you will only be able to use a limited amount of taxol. Expand a bit in your brief, your written brief that will accompany the diagram, That’s that’s what the assignment is all about. I hope that answered your questions so that you will be able to complete that and provide some insights and learn a lot about how these groups interact in the budget process. Thanks and good luck with the assignment. For this assignment, you will develop a diagram/infographic that analyzes the powers of influential federal offices, such as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the impact of these agencies on budgeting for your chose government agency. You will also provide a 2-3 page brief evaluating the infographic and explaining your rationale. An infographic is a visual representation of knowledge or data to present information quickly and clearly. Infographics will help explain your knowledge of complex processes to others in a simple, graphic manner. An infographic is a fairly easy and creative method to explain more complex concepts clearly. Generally, an infographic is a single page in length and consists of graphics and key concepts. While a Venn diagram is a typical form of an infographic (as Venn diagrams show both concepts and the common overlap of concepts), modern technologies are now available to help you be creative! In fact, you will find a simple Internet search may locate more examples than you could possibly think of. A list of resources is available for you below. Resources: Snappa, Visme, PikToChart, Venngage, Microsoft Word’s SmartArt Adobe Spark. (2017). Create your own infographics for free with Adobe Spark. Canva. (n.d.). Free infographic maker. For your assignment: Create an infographic using a free tool such as Snappa, Visme, PikToChart, Venngage, Microsoft Word’s SmartArt, or any other tool you choose. Start by outlining the topic of your infographic in order to guide your research. Focus your infographic on budget decision-making for your selected government agency. It needs to make a clear point. It should be more like a story—with a beginning, middle, and end—rather than a random collection of facts. Research the types of layouts/templates typically used for infographics to find the best chart for presenting your information. Use credible sources for your data. Make sure all information you include is relevant to your main point. When designing your infographic, use easy-to-read colors and fonts. Consider incorporating icons, color-coding, images, or bulleted lists. But don’t make it cluttered! Identify the mandates of the OMB and CBO. Compare and contrast the procedures and responsibilities of the OMB and the CBO. Determine, in your evaluation, how these federal offices affect your selected governmental entity. Length: Infographic and 3-page evaluation, not including title and reference pages References: Include a minimum of 15 scholarly resources. The completed assignment should address all of the assignment requirements, exhibit evidence of concept knowledge, and demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the content presented in the course. The writing should integrate scholarly resources, reflect academic expectations and current APA standards,
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