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Left: Eric Cannady, Deputy Chief Financial Officer.
Right: Gordon McDonald, Deputy Chief Financial
Officer Emeritus

STAYING THE COURSE DURING
THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
By the Office of Budget and Planning Team

Keeping the government
functioning

T

he Coronavirus (COVID-19) public
health emergency has presented
extraordinary challenges for the entire
District government to maintain continuity
in mission-critical operations and essential service delivery. Recognizing the vital
role of the Office of Budget and Planning
(OBP) in making funding available during
the District's COVID-19 response, as well as
delivering both the Mayor's FY 2021 budget
to the Council and the District's budget to
Congress, the OBP team immediately developed and implemented plans to ensure
business continuity and enhance its core
response capabilities.

Formulating the budget
during a pandemic

T

he OBP team's first major challenge
was to remotely formulate first the
Mayor's budget, and then the District's
budget. This has never been done before

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in District government. Working remotely,
the OBP team was able to work effectively
with the Mayor's budget team (OBPM),
and then with the Council's budget team,
to formulate the District's FY 2021 operating budget and financial plan and the
six-year Capital Improvements Plan. This
process required extensive analysis of
budget policy decisions, identification of
potential OCFO budget and revenue certification issues, and collaborations on
various priority budget adjustments for
the revised FY 2020 budget. Additionally,
by working closely with the Office of the
Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and the
external publisher, OBP was able to leverage the technology to successfully execute key budget formulation and publication processes to deliver the Mayor's FY
2021 Proposed Budget (including the FY
2020 Revised Budget Request) and subsequently the District's FY 2021 Approved
Budget and Financial Plan.



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