Lead, Appropriations

Dale Oak

About Dale

Dale Oak joined Federal Budget IQ as a consultant in July 2017 after over more than 30 years of experience on federal budget and appropriations matters in government and the private sector. Decades of senior staff experience help Mr. Oak translate budget and appropriations developments, facts and figures into actionable information.

Mr. Oak’s most recent government position was Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations (HAC). Several chairmen relied on Mr. Oak’s appropriations process expertise to provide guidance to the twelve appropriations subcommittees and help them navigate their bills through the legislative process to enactment.

He also served in several other roles during his 20 years with the Committee. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Oak served as the first Staff Director of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. He was HAC’s lead budget numbers and scorekeeping expert from 1999 to 2006, and managed the Committee’s information systems from 1995 to 1998.

Mr. Oak served a total of six House Appropriations Committee Chairmen, both Republican and Democrat, including, most recently, Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ).

In 2009, Mr. Oak left the Appropriations Committee to work in the private sector as a Principal for a leading government relations and public affairs firm where he serviced clients ranging from Fortune 500 federal contractors to small nonprofit organizations. He returned to the Committee in 2011.

Before joining the Appropriations Committee in 1995, Mr. Oak worked at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Budget Review and Concepts Division. At OMB, he analyzed appropriations bills and participated in the development of the President’s annual budget request.

In addition to his duties with Federal Budget IQ, Mr. Oak leads Oak Federal Solutions, where he offers services to organizations with interests in appropriations matters.

Mr. Oak graduated from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA in 1987 with a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Public/Not-for-Profit Management. Prior to attending graduate school, he was a Legislative Assistant for Rep. John R. McKernan (R-ME). He received his undergraduate education at Colby College in Maine, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981. Mr. Oak and his wife divide their time between northern Virginia and Maine.