Office of Policy Initiatives and Budget
The Budget Section, located in the Office of Policy Initiatives and
Budget, is responsible for
Department-wide budget development.
- Prepares the Department's biennial budget proposal, including completing budget issue
papers for consideration by the Secretarys Office.
- Participates in developing policy and program initiatives.
- Monitors and assists in resolving operating budget problems with the Divisions.
- Prepares information papers for use by the Secretarys Office and other
- Prepares fiscal notes.
The Budget Section is responsible for the preparation of the Department's biennial
budget proposal. Budget staff, in conjunction with program staff, develop budget issue
papers for consideration by the Secretarys Office. Budget papers include analyses of
fiscal, policy, and programmatic effects of the proposal. Based on decisions of the
Department Secretary, budget staff prepare the biennial budget request document which includes the
requested funding levels, statutory language changes, and descriptions of each budget
item. The Budget Section serves as the liaison to the Department of Administration state
budget office and Legislative Fiscal Bureau. In this role, Budget staff respond to
inquiries and requests for additional information and analyses and present and advocate
for the Department budget proposals. Budget staff also provide testimony to legislative
committees regarding the Department's budget proposal, prepare materials for the Secretary
for testifying before the legislature, and give presentations to outside groups to inform
them about the Department's budget proposals. In conjunction with program staff, Budget
staff develop recommendations for gubernatorial vetoes following legislative action on the
Development of Policy and Program Initiatives
Budget Section staff participate on Department work teams dedicated to developing and
implementing new program initiatives. For example, Budget staff participate on the
Departments work teams for Family Care, BadgerCare, the MA Intergovernmental Transfer, and Caregiver Background Check. Budget
staff provide fiscal support and expertise to these teams and assist in the identification
of policy options and recommendations.
Operating Budget Issues
Budget staff work with staff from the Divisions and the Bureau of Fiscal Services to
monitor programs operating budget experiences and identify potential problems.
Budget staff engage in creative problem-solving and assist in identifying possible options
to resolve operating budget problems. When appropriate, budget staff prepare requests for
budget action to the Department of Administration and/or the Joint Finance Committee
(through the s. 16 or s.13.10 mechanisms) to address operating budget issues.
The Budget Section prepares fiscal notes for legislative bills and Legislative
Reference Bureau drafts. The fiscal notes identify the programmatic consequences of the
legislation and the costs involved. The fiscal notes prepared by the Budget Section are
reviewed and approved by Division Administrators and then transmitted to the Office of the
Secretary for final approval.
Budget Section Analyst Assignments (PDF,
PO Box 7850
Madison, WI 53707-7850
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February 18, 2013