The Congressional Budget Office values the diversity of its workforce, believing that attracting and retaining a diverse workforce is a crucial part of ensuring that the agency has the best possible staff and that the agency’s work benefits from different perspectives and experiences. CBO has continuously sought to employ and promote qualified personnel without discrimination—without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or age. In addition, the agency welcomes current and former members of the uniformed services.
CBO regularly reviews the diversity of its workforce and works to bring about balanced representation for women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. (CBO provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities.) The agency's leadership and its staff embrace and support diversity objectives, both within the agency and within the fields of economics and public policy.
Among CBO’s staff, 35 percent hold a Ph.D. and 40 percent hold a master’s degree. But our efforts to recruit and increase diversity in the agency and in the fields employees come from start well before applicants have those graduate degrees in hand: We have undertaken a tremendous level of grass-roots recruiting—each year meeting with undergraduate students interested in economics and public policy to encourage them, particularly women and minorities, to pursue advanced degrees in economics, public policy, and related fields. Here are some examples of our efforts:
- Each year, we participate in the Public Policy and International Affairs Program, a national program focused on preparing undergraduate students from underrepresented groups for advanced degrees leading to careers in public service.
- We actively recruit at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and large flagship campuses with significant populations of minority students.
- We encourage qualified students who participate in the Workforce Recruitment Program to apply for positions at CBO. Participants in the program are highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities.
- We support the American Economic Association’s efforts to diversify the economic profession:
- We educate students considering careers in economics by presenting seminars to the Summer Training Program and Scholarship Program on topics that display how economics impact everyday life. That program aims to increase diversity by preparing undergraduates for doctoral programs in economics and related disciplines.
- We promote jobs by staying in touch with groups such as the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession and submit profiles of female economists to highlight women economists in their newsletters.
Appointment to covered positions is governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA), as made applicable by the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, as amended.
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