Office of Policy Initiatives and Budget - Budget Section

The Budget Staff, located in the Office of Policy Initiatives and Budget are responsible for Department-wide budget development and monitoring.

  • Prepare the Department's biennial budget proposal, including completing budget issue papers for consideration by the Secretary’s Office.
  • Participate in developing policy and program initiatives.
  • Monitor and assist in resolving operating budget problems with the Divisions.
  • Prepare information papers for use by the Secretary’s Office and other decision-makers.
  • Prepares fiscal notes on proposed legislation.

Budget Development
OPIB Budget Staff are responsible for the preparation of the Department's biennial budget proposal. Budget staff, in coordination with Division staff, develop budget issue papers for consideration by the Secretary’s 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 Staff serves as liaisons to the Department of Administration State Budget Office and Legislative Fiscal Bureau. In this role, Budget staff respond to inquiries and requests fiscal and programmatic information and analyses and present and advocate for the Department budget proposals. Budget Staff also 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.

Development of Policy and Program Initiatives
Budget Staff participate on Department work teams dedicated to developing and implementing new program initiatives. Budget staff provides 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 budgets and identify potential problems. Budget staff engages in 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.

Fiscal Notes
The Budget Staff prepares fiscal notes for legislative bills and Legislative Reference Bureau drafts. The fiscal notes identify any changes in costs and revenues resulting from the legislation. The fiscal notes prepared by Budget Staff are reviewed and approved by Division Administrators and then transmitted to the Office of the Secretary for final approval.

Budget Section Analyst Assignments (PDF, 34 KB)

Andrew Forsaith
PO Box 7850
Madison, WI 53707-7850
(608) 266-7684

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Last Revised: June 2, 2015