How To Develop a Robust Operational Work Plan for PBOs

The position of Parliamentary Budget Officer requires a robust and clear institutional structure and certainty in resources and funding to fulfill its role independently, efficiently and effectively without political or executive interference. The purpose and function of the office dictate the choice of institutional structure, whether a standalone independent body or a body placed within an existing institution. However, is there any commonality between the operational plan/work program of established PBOs that our GN-PBO members can learn from and can use in their own jurisdiction?

This blog post aims to help the members of the GN-PBO in that, by helping them to understand the initial steps taken by these PBOs to establish the work program, their day-to-day activities and formal tasks performed by these Parliamentary budget offices.

In general, the budget offices conduct regular macroeconomic forecasts, review budgetary allocations in pending legislation and provide analyses of the national budget, all of which parallel the ideal tasks of budget offices outlined by Anderson (2008: 4-6). However, the degree to which these activities are formally required by each parliament varies, particularly since some of these units have yet to become permanent within the parliament’s bylaws or through adopted legislation. Some duties are required, based on constitutional or statutory requirements, while others are part of formal or informal mandates when the office was created.

Please refer to following links to get an overall idea of the day to day functions of the following PBOs.

Jurisdiction

Link to Access Operational Workplan

Australia

http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Budget_Office/reports/Work_Plan_2012-13

Canada

http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/files/Operational_Plan.pdf

Uganda

http://www.budgetstrengthening.org/storage/country-learning-notes/UGANDA%20-%20Parliamentary%20Budget%20Office.pdf

Italy

http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/files/Italy%20-%20UPB_feb13_EN.pdf

Korea

http://www.oecd.org/governance/budgeting/42466211.pdf

USA

http://www.cbo.gov/about/our-processes