Comments on budget process developments and skills, and how they affect budgeting and its associated work.

We can - with some confidence - foresee how the rest of the year will play out, the paramount consideration being the Presidential election.

     Appropriations hearings for FY2000 started in January 2000 - every year can be expected to repeat the same cycle.  Appropriations hearings are being scheduled.  Some already have dates, times, and places set.