To understand the priorities of our leaders in government, don’t listen to what they say. Instead, look at what they want to fund. The federal budget of the United States, as proposed by the White House and approved (or rejected) by Congress, is the most concrete blueprint for where the country is heading. So who does the number crunching, what influences the spending process, and how does the staff make the system work on behalf of the people? “The Budget Series,” presented by the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, features Dean Henry E. Brady in conversation with three experts in the ways of Washington – “Mr. Budget” Stan Collender, Holly Harvey of the Congressional Budget Office and Dorothy Robyn, a former government employee whose attention to detail and persistence in protecting a satellite phone system has saved many lives, both in the US and abroad.