Budget Responses

CEF’s annual Education Budget Response is the most comprehensive source available on how vital federal education programs improve the lives of millions of Americans.

The Budget Response is a useful source for information on federal education programs, but there are resources even more valuable: the authors and contacts listed within, who invite you to find out more about the programs described here and the lives of the people these programs touch.


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Initial Summary of Education Provisions in the President’s FY 2013 Budget, click here

Federal Budget Timeline

  • May: Federal agencies ( i.e. Department of Education) begin developing their budgets for the following fiscal year (this is 1-1/2 years before the fiscal year begins.)
  • September: Agencies submit requests to Office of Management & Budget
  • October/November: OMB examiners review agencies’ budget requests
  • November: OMB passes back agencies’ budget requests with revisions
  • December: Final economic assumptions released to agencies; Agencies appeal OMB’s decisions; Final Presidential decisions
  • January: President’s Budget Request drafted; All budget documents approved and printed
  • February: Transmittal of President’s budget request to Congress
  • By April 15: Congress should pass budget resolution
  • By May 15: House can begin passing appropriations even if there is not a budget resolution
  • By June 30: House should adopt all of its appropriations bills
  • July-September: Senate scheduled to pass appropriations bills
  • September: House & Senate pass appropriations conference reports / President signs appropriations bills
  • October 1: New fiscal year begins

When Our Students Succeed, Our Nation Succeeds.

Founded in 1969, the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) and its 117 member organizations have worked toward the common goal of achieving adequate federal support for our nation's education system. Nonpartisan and nonprofit, CEF is America's largest education coalition, reflecting the broad spectrum of the education community.