Assignment 4: Implementing the Budget

Due Week 9 and worth 125 points

 

Refer the Scenario for Assignments 1–5. Prepare a variance report for the selected agency. Refer to Table 8.4 in Chapter 8 (page 133).

 

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper addressing the criteria below. (Note:Change the title of the report to reflect the selected agency’s name and the years to 2013-2014.)

  1. Find the variances for both the revenue and expenditures sides and then discuss two to three (2-3) problematic areas for the agency. Provide the results of the variances in a table (Excel or Word).
  2. Recommend two (2) policy actions for each problematic area discussed in criterion 1. Justify the recommendations.

 

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

 

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Recommend appropriate policy actions based on the evaluation.
  • Evaluate a budgeting system at any governmental level.
  • Analyze the scope and sequence of budgeting in terms of sources of revenues, purpose of government expenditures, budget cycles, budget preparation, and debt administration.
  • Analyze the requirements for implementing a budget.
  • Develop various budget charts that represent segments of the budgeting process.
  • Write clearly and concisely about public budgeting and finance using proper writing mechanics.

 

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

 

Points: 125

Assignment 4: Implementing the Budget

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below 70% F

Fair

70-79% C

Proficient

80-89% B

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Find the variances for both the revenue and expenditures sides and then discuss two to three (2-3) problematic areas for the agency. Provide the results of the variances in a table (Excel or Word).

Weight: 45%

Did not submit or incompletely found the variances for both the revenue and expenditures sides and then did not submit or incompletely discussed two to three (2-3) problematic areas for the agency. Did not submit or incompletely provided the results of the variances in a table (Excel or Word).

Partially found the variances for both the revenue and expenditures sides and then partially discussed two to three (2-3) problematic areas for the agency. Partially provided the results of the variances in a table (Excel or Word).

Satisfactorily found the variances for both the revenue and expenditures sides and then satisfactorily discussed two to three (2-3) problematic areas for the agency. Satisfactorily provided the results of the variances in a table (Excel or Word).

Thoroughly found the variances for both the revenue and expenditures sides and then thoroughly discussed two to three (2-3) problematic areas for the agency. Thoroughly provided the results of the variances in a table (Excel or Word).

2. Recommend two (2) policy actions for each problematic area discussed in criterion 1. Justify the recommendations.
Weight: 45%

Did not submit or incompletely recommended two (2) policy actions for each problematic area discussed in criterion 1. Did not submit or incompletely justified the recommendations.

Partially recommended two (2) policy actions for each problematic area discussed in criterion 1. Partially justified the recommendations.

Satisfactorily recommended two (2) policy actions for each problematic area discussed in criterion 1. Satisfactorily justified the recommendations.

Thoroughly recommended two (2) policy actions for each problematic area discussed in criterion 1. Thoroughly justified the recommendations.

3. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

Weight: 10%

More than 6 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present


 

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