F. Stevens Redburn

Professorial Lecturer in Public Policy and Public Administration
Mobile: 240-643-1935
sredburn@gwu.edu or s.redburn@icloud.com

Areas of Expertise

  • Budgeting
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Strategic Planning
  • Federal Executive


Steve Redburn is a distinguished lecturer, budget advisor, and authority on financial management, government performance, and public policy with over 25 years of experience as a senior government official in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Since 2004, Professor Redburn has been a professorial lecturer in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy, where he teaches the capstone course on the federal budget. Dr. Redburn is currently directing fiscal studies for the Center of the Public Service and is an affiliated faculty member of the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs of George Mason University.  In that role, he is helping to lead research on reform of the federal government’s budget process, with support of the Hewlett Foundation, and to develop a multi-media on-line collection of resources on the federal budget process, Guardians at the Gate.

In 2010 and 2011, Redburn was project director for the Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., where he supervised preparation of the Commission’s December, 2010, report, Getting Back in the Black, recommending comprehensive reform of the U.S. federal government budget process, and edited a series of papers on additional reform options in 2011. From January to August 2007 Dr. Redburn served as Senior Budget Advisor on the USAID Kosovo V project, where he assisted the Ministry of Finance and Economy on a range of issues and advised the budget director and staff. From 2008 to May 2014, he was a scholar and study director for the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. He directed a study of high rates of incarceration in the U.S. in 2013-2014 and co-edited the final report. In 2008 – 2009, he directed a study of the fiscal future of the U.S. for NAS and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), developing and assessing spending, revenue, and process reform options to put the U.S. on a sustainable budget path; the final study report, Choosing the Nation’s Fiscal Future, was published in November, 2009.

Dr. Redburn is an elected fellow and member of the board of directors (2013 – 2015) of the National Academy of Pubic Administration. As a Senior Executive in the Executive Office of the President (OMB) until his retirement from the federal service in 2006, Steve Redburn advised the President's senior staff on all aspects of budget, policy, legislation, program design and performance, and regulations concerning major Federal agencies and programs.


PhD, Political Science, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
BA, English, Pennsylvania State University


Selected Publications

Co-author of four books and co-editor of five books on public policy and administration, including: 

Modernizing Democracy:  Innovations in Citizen Participation, M.E. Sharpe, co-edited with T. Buss

Performance Management and Budgeting:  How Governments Learn From Experience.  Co-edited with Robert Shea and T. Buss, M.E. Sharpe, 2008.

The Growth of Incarceration in the United States:  Exploring Causes and Consequences.  Co-edited with Jeremy Travis and Bruce Western, National Academies Press, 2014.

Personal Interests

  • Poetry
  • Classical archeology
  • Travel: In June, my wife and I visited the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Volubilis near Fez in Morocco.


  • Dr. Redburn is an elected fellow and member of the board of directors (2013 – 2015) of the National Academy of Public Administration.  In 2011 and 2012, he chaired its standing panel on executive organization and management.  

Classes Taught

PPPA 6051  Governmental Budgeting