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"The Federal Budget In A Time Of Madness"
During his more than three decades in communications, he has designed and implemented award-winning communications efforts for financial companies, Wall Street firms, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, and federal agencies. Prior to joining Qorvis MSLGROUP, Collender was the general manager of the Washington office of Financial Dynamics Business Communications, national director of public affairs for Fleishman Hillard, and a senior vice president at Burson-Marsteller. He also served as the director of federal budget policy for two major international accounting firms Price Waterhouse and Touche Ross and as president of the Budget Research Group, a private Washington-based consulting organization. Collender also has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, and is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on the U.S. budget and congressional budget process. He is one of only a handful of people who has worked for the House and Senate Budget Committees, and has worked for three U.S. representatives on the House Budget and Ways and Means Committees. Collender is one of the leading experts on federal fiscal and monetary policies, Congress, and Wall Street’s response to Washington tax and spending policies.
He writes the popular weekly column, “Fiscal Fitness,” in Roll Call, the influential Capitol Hill newspaper. He previously wrote “Budget Battles,” which was published weekly by nationaljournal.com for more than 10 years. He is also the founder and principal writer of “Capital Gains and Games,” which the Wall Street Journal has called one of the top 25 economic and financial blogs in the U.S. Additionally, Collender is the author of "The Guide to the Federal Budget", one of the most assigned texts on the subject. Collender speaks to more than 100 organizations across the United States each year. He appears frequently on radio and television news programs, and is often quoted by major newspapers and magazines. He also consults frequently with Wall Street firms on federal fiscal policy and politics. Collender was appointed by President Clinton to the presidential commission that studied whether the U.S. should have a capital budget. Collender holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and psychology from New York University and a master’s degree in public policy (MPP) from the University of California, Berkeley.
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