# What budgetary strategy is the admiral using and what questions would you prepare for Admiral Kramek if you were on the staff of the appropriation subcommittee considering his request?Discuss

Chapter: 4 Exercises

Question A. The Department of Revenue wants to add more people to the unit that attempts to

collect unpaid taxes through telephone contact. What questions would you, as a budget analyst,

have after you receive the following request justification memorandum?

REQUEST JUSTIFICATION

Date: June 19, 2011

Subject: Collection Telephone Pursuit

Currently there are 19 employees working on telephone pursuits on a full time basis. Each

employee can make an average of 25 to 40 phone calls per day. The amount collected by the 19

employees for the past year is 1\$17,858,623. If we could add an automated phone system and

increase our staff by 10 full-time employees, we could double the number of phone calls made

and increase our collections by 59 percent, or \$8,900,000.

Question B. The table below shows the staffing and pay rates of the Marshall City Fire

Department:

Chief 1 \$105,000

Shift Commander 3 70,000

Firefighter 1 12 39,000

Firefighter 2 26 30,000

Clerical (part time) 3 15,000

The city is part of the federal Social Security system. The city and the employee each pay Social

Security payroll taxes of 6.2 percent of all salary paid up to \$90,000 per employee to finance

federal retirement and disability insurance and 1.45 percent of all salary paid to finance

Medicare. The city pays a portion of the cost of health insurance for each full-time employee, an

amount equal to \$180 per month. Employees are part of a pension system financed by a city

payment of 20 percent of the employee’s salary and employee payment of 5 percent of the

employee’s salary on pay received after that date. Full-time employees receive an allowance for

uniforms of \$750 per year.

Estimate the city’s full cost of fire department labor during this fiscal year, assuming no change

in staffing. Separate the cost into salary and fringe benefit components.

Chapter: 5 Exercises

Question A. The U.S. Coast Guard has five central missions: search and rescue, preservation of

national marine resources, enforcement of federal laws at sea, ship safety in American waters,

and national defense. The first of these is recognized as its main job, but dealing with pollution

and preserving marine resources takes the largest share of its budget.

An article in The Economist commenting on a 1999 budget request presentation by Admiral

Robert Kramek (the request was for \$2.77 billion), proclaimed:

He dwelt on something rare in the armed services: results. In the past four years, he proudly informed the legislators,

the Coast Guard has saved 20,000 lives and 9.3 billion in property, seized 370,000 pounds of illicit drugs, interdicted

(or assisted) 75,000 foreigners trying to enter America, reported 64,000 cases of marine pollution and checked

59,000 fishing boats for possible catch violations. “We’re a model of better government at least cost,” said the

Admiral. (“The Coast Guard: Keeping all Channels Open,” The Economist, 12 [September 1998], 28-29.)

Discuss and answer the following questions:

A. Did Admiral Kramek provide outcomes, as envisioned by mission – or results – oriented

B. From what you understand to be the Coast Guard mission, what sort of performance

measures would you propose for use by the agency?

C. How would we test whether Admiral Kramek is right when he asserts that the Coast Guard is

delivering “better government at least coast?”

D. What budgetary strategy is the admiral using and what questions would you prepare for

Admiral Kramek if you were on the staff of the appropriation subcommittee considering his

request?