Francis Riggs Cawley, 69, Washingon representative of the Agricultural Publishers Association in Falls Church and a former budget officer for several federal agencies, died Monday at his home in Falls Church. He had a heart ailment.

In 1933, Mr. Cawley began working for the federal government as a clerk with the National Recovery Administration. He subsequently served as a budget official for the now-defunct Rural Electrification Administration, U.S. Housing Authority, Office of Production Management and War Production Board.He was director of the Commerce Department's office of budget and management for about eight years before joining the Magazine Publishers Association Inc. in 1952 as vice president in charge of the group's Washington office.

From 1963 to 1964, Mr. Cawley served as executive director of the Lithographers and Printers National Association here. He then was executive director of the Label Manufacturers Association until 1976, when he joined the Agricultural Publishers Association.

Mr. Cawley taught seminars on budget administration and public finance at Syracuse, Georgetown and Florida State universities.

He was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1933. In 1937, he earned a juris doctorate degree from Georgetown University.

Mr. Cawley received the Fedeal government's Outstanding Service Award in 1952 and received an Educational Research Award from the American Association for Public Information. He was a Fellow of the Society for Advancement of Management and a life member of the Graphic Arts Association Executives.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, the former Ruth Katheryn Nelson of Falls Church; two daughters, Mary Helen Rudiak of Staunton, Va., and Marjorie Anne Cawley of Bethesda; a son, Thomas Michael of Westfield, N.J.; his mother, Mabel Lee Cawley, and a sister, Mary Grace Neal, both of Sioux Falls, S.D., and five grandchildren.