Let a sleeping dog lie if all is going well on your program.
Being shown up is a sensitive issue on the Hill. Win gracefully. Don't make
a Member or staffer look uninformed.
The ideal situation for you is: nobody
knows you're there, and you get what you ask for. Try to stay low, work the
system properly, and keep the right people informed.
If you choose
confrontation, be absolutely sure you (1) are dead right, (2) you have 100
percent support up the line, and (3) you are prepared for any consequence. The
Congress will outlast those of us who come and go in DoD.
President's budget is always "dead on arrival" on Capitol Hill. Rather, it is
a guideline to the President's thinking.
Therefore, defend the President's budget, even if you disagree or feel
inadequate, and even if you know a decision was just made adversely effecting
your program. One possible way to handle it: "The decision on my program is
not blessed yet. When it gets signed off, I will return to brief you."
Burning bridges is a cardinal sin. That staffer you hedged your bet with
could cross the Potomac and be your Service's next acquisition