Efforts to use budget process reforms to help break the deadlock in federal budgeting present a major opportunity and a major challenge. Polarization and distrust mean many stakeholder groups are resistant to changes that might disadvantage them, even if there could be long-term benefits to the nation and positive impacts on governance. This project by Convergence, a nonprofit organization focused on solving social and political challenges through collaboration, will engage groups on different sides of the budget debate to identify and air their concerns, hopes, and priorities in order to achieve an agreed framework for designing federal budgets that balance competing interests, as well as current and future needs.
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for support of a 21st century civil service roundtable
This grant will support the creation by the Convergence Center on Policy Resolution of an open-ended, multiyear initiative to convene and cultivate a roundtable to explore what it will take to transform the civil service to meet the needs of the 21st century. The roundtable will serve as an incubator for thought leaders, scholars, practitioners, nonprofit influencers, labor leaders, and congressional and agency stakeholders. Convergence will use virtual, hybrid, and in-person convenings not less than quarterly for informal discussions across diverse perspectives to germinate, investigate, develop — and occasionally circulate — ideas about the future federal career workforce, including proposals to transform the system and to attract, retain, and develop talented and diverse career public servants of the future.
for general operating support
The Convergence Center on Policy Resolution convenes people and groups with divergent views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for action on critical issues. Currently, Convergence dialogues support America’s recovery from the country’s cascading crises. Convergence bolsters its dialogues’ impact and collaborative problem solving by strengthening the broader field of bridge-building and helping Congress increase its effectiveness and cross-partisan collaboration. In all of its activities, Convergence leverages its unique methodology to drive consensus solutions across political, ideological, sectoral, and other divides, as well as to push back against the tide of toxic polarization.
for support of the Federal Budget Process Reform project
Efforts to use budget process reforms to help break the deadlock in federal budgeting present a major opportunity and a major challenge. Many stakeholder groups are distrustful and resistant to changes that might disadvantage them, even if there could be long-term benefits to the nation and positive impacts on governance. This supplemental grant will help disseminate the results of the successful, multiyear project supported by earlier grants to the center, which worked with a diverse coalition of organizations to create a credible and broadly supported set of recommendations for budget process reform.