Course Dates and Time


November 7-8, 2019   

10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

 Course Cost

Regular Tuition: $1,995

Course cost includes a light breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, and class materials. It does not include housing.

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Introduction to Public Budgeting  

This non-credit course provides an overview of the budgeting process at the Federal level of the U.S. government. It highlights the players, the processes, and the politics of the fiscal and budgetary systems and the relationships to public policies. The course also focuses on the current fiscal issues to include the competition between mandatory and nondiscretionary spending and the impact on the overall Federal budget.  

Course Goals

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the dynamics of the budgeting process and examine the roles of the players and their perspectives and motivations;

  • Examine the long-term fiscal issues that challenge the country, the President, and the Congress; and

  • Evaluate possible strategies to minimize/avoid the impending “budget crisis.”

Target Audience

This course is for professionals and administrators in government and other affiliated industries who wish to gain additional expertise in fiscal and governmental aspects of budgeting and financial management; the development of organizational budgets; and governmental accounting.



Adrienne Ferguson is the Acting Department Chair, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Academy and Professor of Practice at the National Defense University (NDU), College of Information and Cyberspace at Fort McNair military base in Washington, DC.  She teaches Federal financial management courses to senior civilian and military leaders within the government in areas such as Federal budgeting and accounting; enterprise risk management, auditing, and internal controls; financial reporting and policy development; and performance management and strategic planning. Prior to working at NDU, Adrienne was an Assistant Vice President at Yale University, supporting the Yale CFO by implementing finance policies and strategies for the University.  Before joining Yale, Adrienne served in a series of leadership positions at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters; the Department of Defense; and the Department of the Navy. She has over 35 years of government service. Adrienne is a member of the Association of Government Accountants, and the American Society of Military Comptrollers, where she lectures several times a year to hundreds of participants on various topics of interest to government leaders.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Grambling State University, Grambling, LA, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the American University, Washington, DC.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Students who complete this course will earn 1.2 continuing education units.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) Alignment

The content of this course covers competencies addressed by the following ECQs: Leading Change; Leading People; Business Acumen; Results Driven; Building Coalitions.

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Additional Executive Institute Courses

Develop new skills by participating in another short course this year.


Questions? Contact Our Executive Education Team

Whether you are looking to broaden your skill set or are seeking to customize an educational experience for a group of employees, we can help you find or build the right program to fit your needs, schedule, and budget.

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