Preparing annual budgets is a vitally important activity for local, state, national,and foreign governments and agencies within these governments. Once such budgets are approved into law they must be administered by various agencies and oversight provided by legislative or parliamentary organizations responsible for funding these budgets and individual budget items. Determining how to handle budget deficits or surpluses is an important part of this process, as is determining the effect of prevailing economic conditions on governmental budget and tax priorities. Purdue libraries have many publications on governmental budgeting. Most of these are located in the HSSE or Parrish MEL Libraries. Examples of Library Catalog subject headings you can use to search for such materials includes:
The principal index for U.S. Government publications is the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications HSSE REF & Periodicals 016.353 Un36 and is available online from 1994-present. The GPO Index covers this material from 1976-present. Another similiar index is Congressional Information Service (CIS)Index HSSE REF 328.73005 C76. Useful indexes for additional historical U.S. Government budget information include the CIS U.S. Serial Set Index HSSE REF 328.73 C761c and CIS Index to U.S. Executive Branch Documents 1789-1909 HSSE REF 351.73 C497 1990.
The principal U.S. government agency responsible for preparing the federal budget is the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Located within the Executive Office of the President, OMB issues a number of publications pertaining to the federal budget. Examples include:
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