Understanding the Federal Budget Process: What Friends Want to Know

  • Post category:USFWS Policies
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Webinar on Wednesday, November 16th at 2:00pm ET

Did you know that it takes more than 18 months for the annual NWRS budget to become a reality? This ranges from the development of the President’s budget request to the ultimate passing of a bill by Congress and Friends groups can play a role. Eric discussed:

  • Formulation of the budget
  • Presentation of the budget
  • Execution & Performance
  • Tips for Friends

The federal budget process signals our nation’s priorities. The discussion was an opportunity to learn how the priorities are established for the National Wildlife Refuge System and how we can provide our input.

Presenter, Eric Alvarez the National Wildlife Refuge System’s Chief, Division of Realty, Budget, Performance, and Workforce

Here are links to the recording and slides:

A huge thank you to Eric Alvarez the National Wildlife Refuge System’s Chief, Division of Realty, Budget, Performance, and Workforce for this discussion.

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NWRA’s Quarterly Chat with Refuge Friends

  • Post category:Funding
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On Wednesday, September 28th, Libby Marking, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for the National Wildlife Refuge Association, and Caroline Brouwer, Government Affairs Consultant, provided a legislative and regulatory update on recent issues impacting the National Wildlife Refuge System, including the appropriations process and the recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act.

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We thank Libby and Caroline for the update and the following materials:

For National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 9th-15th, NWRA is providing a toolkit to uplift what makes refuges special for wildlife and your community. NWRA will also be sending a toolkit to help you reach out to your Members of Congress and report back to the National Wildlife Refuge Association about your engagement with them. If you are not on NWRA’s mailing list, sign up now!

Thanks everyone for you support of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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Chat with the Chief of the Refuge System

  • Post category:Funding
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What’s In The President’s FY 23 Budget?

Cynthia Martinez, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, discussed the FY2023 Budget Request with Friends on May 25, 2022.

For the recording of the Zoom call and additional information.

A huge thank you to our very knowledgeable presenters, Cynthia Martinez, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System and Eric Alvarez Chief of Real Estate.

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What’s In The President’s Budget for Refuges?

  • Post category:Funding
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The Biden administration has released the FY 2022 Budget Request, with big increases for National Wildlife Refuge System funding. Senior management of the National Wildlife Refuge System joined Friends on Tuesday, June 29th to review and discuss the budget.

Links to the recording and slides:

We want to thank our amazing and knowledgeable presenters:

  • Cynthia Martinez, USFWS, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System
  • Ketti Spomer, NWRS, Division Chief for Budget, Performance, and Workforce
  • Eric Alvarez, NWRS, Division Chief for Realty

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By Friends for Friends Webinar on Financial Management & Reporting

  • Post category:Management
  • Reading time:1 mins read

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