The federal government ran a budget deficit of $184 billion for the first four months of fiscal year 2014, CBO estimates—$107 billion less than the shortfall recorded in the same span last year.
Director Doug Elmendorf testified on CBO’s latest projections for the budget and economy. The video of that testimony is now available.
Under current law, deficits will drop through 2015 but rise thereafter, boosting the already high federal debt, CBO projects. Economic growth will be solid in the near term, but unemployment will not drop below 6.0 percent until 2017.
Since the recession ended in June 2009, employment has risen sluggishly and the unemployment rate has fallen only partway back to its prerecession level. This CBO report discusses the reasons for the slow recovery of the labor market.
Director Doug Elmendorf spoke last week with the Healthcare Leadership Council, a group of leaders from hospitals, health plans, pharmaceutical companies, academic health centers, biotech firms, and other parts of the health care system.
CBO must issue a report that provides estimates of the caps on discretionary budget authority in effect for each fiscal year through 2021. CBO must also report whether, based on its estimates, enacted legislation has exceeded those caps.
CBO learns from many outside experts. Part of that learning comes from its Panel of Health Advisers, which consists of widely recognized experts in health policy and the health care sector. Today CBO announces its panel members for 2014.
CBO will release its annual Budget and Economic Outlook on Tuesday, February 4.