California Budget Change Proposal (BCP) Timeline

The following describes the State budgeting cycle and how the BCP fits into that cycle.

January to Summer: Recommended time to begin and complete workload study

Spring: Share BCP concepts with Agency

June/July: Finance issues Budget Letter/Budget Preparation Guidelines

June: Agencies meet with Finance to discuss concepts/Program Budget Manager establishes high priority issues

July: Finance issues budget policy Budget Letter

Summer: Convene meetings with departments, agency and Finance to evaluate proposals and alternatives

September/First Week: BCPs due to Finance

September: Submit Leg BCPs to Finance 10 days after bill is chaptered, if chaptered after August 31

September-December: Departmental Budget Office building Governor’s Budget

November: Decisions/Finalize narrative for (early) BCPs Capitol Office Budget Hearings, as needed

December: Final decisions (first week)

Early January: Departments submit final (updated) BCPs, final supplementary schedules(Operating Expenses and Equipment, Federal Funds and Reimbursements to Finance(prior to January 10).

January 10: Release of Governor’s Budget

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