Packaging all or a number of appropriation bills together creates what are called omnibus or minibus measures. These bills appropriate money to operate the federal government and make national policy in scores of areas. These omnibus bills grant large powers to a small number of people who put these packages together - party and committee leaders and top executive officials. Omnibus measures usually arouse the irk of the rank-and-file members of Congress because typically little time is available in the final days of a session to debate these massive measures or to know what is in them. Absent enactment of annual appropriation bills or a CR, federal agencies must shut down, furloughing their employees. Moreover, "uncertainty about final appropriations leads many [federal] managers to hoard funds; in some cases, hiring and purchasing stops.
How transparent is the process of packaging spending bills into an omnibus bill? There's an article on this; however, nothing is indicated on how transparent the process of creating an omnibus bill to be passed to Congress to be voted up or down, making me think that the process is not transparent and as indicated above gives a lot of power to some people within the government of the United States? Is there any system put in place to make the whole process more transparent?