FPWA’s policy, advocacy and research arm establishes policy priorities on an annual basis. Priorities are updated as needed to reflect emerging issues.
Following the 2016 election, FPWA member agencies — many of whom rely on federal funding to serve their communities – expressed grave concern about the impact of federal fiscal policies on New York City’s social services budget and sector.
In response, FPWA created a Fiscal Policy team to address these concerns. In February 2019, the Fiscal Policy team launched the FPWA Federal Funds Tracker (#FedFundsTracker) to foster greater awareness of and engagement in the federal budget process through data, storytelling, and action. The Federal Funds Tracker demystifies the federal budget by organizing federal budget data into accessible and interactive visualizations and brings these data to life with stories of New Yorkers whose quality of life was improved by federal support. The Tracker also provides actionable information to encourage advocacy and engagement in the federal budget process, such as by defending against proposed federal budget cuts and supporting proposals to strengthen programs.
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