Program budgeting for space activities

by Milton A. Margolis, Stephen M. Barro


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A discussion of the application of program budgeting concepts to the national space program. This Memorandum reviews current and future activities of the federal agencies that participate in the space program, identifies certain program characteristics that will facilitate the introduction of program budgeting, and discusses other characteristics that may present difficulties. The nature of space program objectives and their relationship to missions and budget categories are examined in detail. Specific suggestions are made on how to convert from the existing budget to a program budget format, and some of the analytical applications of a space program are mentioned. (Chap. 5 in D. Novick (ed.), Program Budgeting, Harvard University Press, 1965.)

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