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My duties at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have lead me to believe that interest in the budget process does not exist much beyound the Washington suburbs. I like to describe budgeting in the same fashion as my introduction to remote sensing systems: photons enter here and images exit there. It sounds like a simple process. Invisible to the user is the phenomenal computational turmoil. Budgeting is quite similar— policy enters buildings scattered throughout Washington and eventually appropriations emerge—but there is even greater turmoil and less of the expected resolution.