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Federal Appropriation Process‐ A Quick Primer

Management Track

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After numerous conversations with private industry cost estimators, I realized that most people have no idea how the Federal Govt appropriation process works. You have to understand how your biggest customer works. This briefing explains some of the basic concepts and shows how they relate to our business environment. The budget cycle, appropriation law, important terms and earmarks will all be covered. Go ahead; study the equation adjustments that may change the estimate outcome by a few million dollars at an Earned Value Management or Learning Curve Theory lecture. Then come see how that estimate fits into the big picture. This session will be a light hearted effort to understand the mind‐ numbing process that now works in the trillions of dollars. Bring your sense of humor.


Michael Brozyna
Michael Brozyna has been working in the DoD financial management community for many years. He is a graduate of the Army Comptrollership Program (Class XXXIV) and currently works for the U.S. Army as a budget analyst. He has also been a logistics management specialist, a management analyst and a program analyst for the Army. He also worked for the Air Force Air Mobility Command as both a budget and cost analyst. He is a certified Defense Financial Manager (with Acquisition) from the American Society of Military Comptrollers and a certified Cost Estimator from the Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis. Job assignments have been at Picatinny Arsenal and Fort Monmouth in New Jersey, the Quartermaster Center at Fort Lee Virginia, the Troop Support Command and Aviation and Troop Command in St. Louis. At Scott AFB, Illinois, he has worked for the Air Mobility Command and currently works for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.