Posner to Testify at Senate Hearing Today

Posted: September 24, 2009 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: September 23, 2009 at 3:37 pm

By James Greif

Paul Posner

Paul Posner. Creative Services photo

Paul Posner, director of Mason’s master in public administration program, has been asked to serve as an expert witness for a U.S. Senate hearing for the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information and International Security, at 10:30 a.m. today.

The hearing, “Getting to Better Government: Focusing on Performance,” will examine the use of performance information in decision making and resource allocation at federal agencies. The hearing will be streamed live at hsgac.senate.gov.

Posner will discuss performance budgeting and how the process can enhance the government’s capacity to assess competing claims for federal dollars by giving decision makers better information on the results of individual programs.

Before joining Mason in 2005, Posner served as managing director for federal budget and intergovernmental issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). While at GAO, he led the agency’s work on long-term federal budget prospects and future challenges for public sector finances at federal, state and local government levels.

Other experts testifying at the hearing include representatives from the Office of Management and Budget, Government Accountability Office, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of the Interior and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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