Organization and Staffing

CBO is organized into the following divisions:

CBO's collegial work environment and flat organizational structure foster collaboration and teamwork across divisions (and within divisions). For example, the analytic reports produced by analysts in several divisions rely on the economic projections prepared by the Macroeconomic Analysis Division and on the cost estimates and budget projections prepared by the Budget Analysis and Tax Analysis Divisions. Similarly, the budget projections and cost estimates prepared by the Budget Analysis and Tax Analysis Divisions draw on models and analyses produced by other divisions.

CBO's staff numbers about 235. Most of those people are economists or public policy analysts with advanced degrees, but the agency also employs lawyers, information technology specialists, editors, and people with other areas of expertise that contribute to the agency’s mission.

Office of the Director

The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate jointly appoint the CBO Director, after considering recommendations from the two Budget Committees. Directors are appointed for four-year terms, and they may be reappointed to the position; in addition, a Director serving at the expiration of a term may continue to serve until his or her successor is appointed. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 specifies that CBO’s Director is to be chosen without regard to political affiliation. CBO has had nine Directors and several Acting Directors.

The rest of CBO's staff, including the Deputy Director, are appointed by the Director. CBO Directors have established a firm tradition of retaining staff from their predecessors. Directors appoint all CBO employees solely on the basis of professional competence, without regard to political affiliation.

The Office of the Director is home not only to the Director and Deputy Director but also to the Associate Directors for Economic Analysis, who contribute to all aspects of the agency’s analytic work; the Associate Director for Legislative Affairs, who serves as CBO’s central liaison with the Congress; the Associate Director for Communications and the members of the Office of Communications, who are responsible for CBO’s website and all of the agency’s public affairs activities, including relations with the media and with the public; and the Office of the General Counsel, which performs the agency’s legal work and acquisitions.

Biographies and Staff Listings
Director

Keith Hall became the ninth Director of the Congressional Budget Office on April 1, 2015. He has more than 25 years of public service, most recently as the Chief Economist and Director of Economics at the International Trade Commission (ITC). Before that, he was a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Chief Economist for the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, Chief Economist for the Department of Commerce, a senior international economist for the ITC, an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas, and an international economist at the Department of Treasury. In those positions, he worked on a wide variety of topics, including labor market analysis and policy, economic conditions and measurement, macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, international economics and policy, and computational partial equilibrium modeling. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in economics from Purdue University.

Deputy Director

Mark Hadley became CBO’s Deputy Director in June 2016. Before then, he was CBO’s General Counsel for nearly eight years. In that capacity, he oversaw the agency’s legal work, ethics program and acquisitions. He had advanced from the post of Deputy General Counsel. Before that, Mark Hadley was a transactional lawyer with Jones Day, a large international law firm, where he specialized in structured finance and derivatives. Prior to his legal career, he was an associate analyst at CBO for five years—during which time his areas of responsibility were aviation, deposit insurance, and commerce—and a financial specialist with the Small Business Administration. Mark Hadley has a Master’s degree in public affairs from the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. degree (with high honors) from The George Washington University Law School.

Associate Director for Economic Analysis

Jeffrey Kling is an economist who joined CBO as an associate director in 2009. He focuses on maintaining and enhancing the quality and transparency of CBO’s analyses. He works with the Director and Deputy Director to set goals and make plans for achieving them; reviews and guides analytical reports at early, intermediate, and final stages; writes time-sensitive material; works with analysts to develop their skills and explain their methods; supports senior managers; and engages with analysts outside CBO. Previously, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a faculty member at Princeton University. His work there was published in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and elsewhere. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his A.B. from Harvard University.

Associate Director for Economic Analysis

Wendy Edelberg is an economist who joined CBO in 2011. In 2016, she became Associate Director for Economic Analysis, having served as the Assistant Director for Macroeconomic Analysis almost five years. Just before coming to CBO, she was the executive director of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which released its report on the causes of the financial crisis in January 2011. Previously, she worked on issues related to macroeconomics, housing, and consumer spending at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during two administrations. Before that, she worked on those same issues at the Federal Reserve Board. She received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from Columbia University.

Associate Director for Legislative Affairs

Leigh Angres joined CBO in 2007 and worked in a variety of positions before becoming Associate Director for Legislative Affairs in 2015. Before assuming her current post, she served for more than five years as a special assistant to the Director, in which capacity she was responsible for preparing the Director’s presentations, managing CBO’s blog, and performing research projects on various budget and economic issues. During that time, she coauthored two reports: Choices for Deficit Reduction (November 2012) and Choices for Deficit Reduction: An Update (December 2013). Before joining the Director’s office in 2009, she was an analyst in the Budget Analysis Division. There, she prepared cost estimates for legislation involving deposit insurance, the U.S. court system, and Department of Justice programs. In earlier government service, she worked as a budget analyst in the Department of Justice’s Civil Division, preparing the agency’s appropriation requests. She earned her M.P.P. from the University of California at Berkeley and her A.B. from Duke University.

Associate Director for Communications

Deborah Kilroe joined CBO as the head of its communications office in April 2011. Before coming to the agency, she spent five years working in communications in the Federal Reserve System. Most recently, she was a vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she oversaw media relations and public affairs, and she previously worked in the public affairs office at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. Before joining the Federal Reserve Board, Deborah Kilroe spent 15 years as a journalist, during which time she specialized in covering economics, monetary policy, financial markets, and politics. Her journalism career began at States News Service in Washington, covering the Congress and the Administration. She went on to be a staff writer at The Record, in New Jersey, focusing on municipal government. She later became an economics reporter at Bridge News in New York and at Dow Jones Newswires in Washington. She also worked as a senior producer for AOLTV and has been an on-air contributor to CNBC, MSNBC, and PBS’s Nightly Business Report. She holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

General Counsel

T.J. McGrath became CBO’s General Counsel in November 2016. Before then, she was CBO’s Deputy General Counsel for nearly eight years. As General Counsel, she oversees the agency’s legal work, ethics program, and acquisitions. Previously, she was an Associate General Counsel for TRICARE Management Activity (now the Defense Health Agency), where she analyzed current law, advised the agency about new legislative initiatives, served as the Senior Ethics Attorney, and oversaw the administration of the appeals and hearings process for TRICARE. She served on active duty as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force for more than 12 years and is a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a J.D., cum laude, from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Senior Advisor

Robert A. Sunshine is a senior advisor to the Director, a post he assumed in June 2016. Before then, he was the Deputy Director for almost nine years, serving under three different Directors—and he served as Acting Director from November 2008 to January 2009.

Bob Sunshine has been with CBO almost from its inception. From 1999 to 2007, he served as Assistant Director for Budget Analysis. In that capacity, he supervised the preparation of cost estimates and intergovernmental mandate statements (which identify the costs of federal mandates on state, local, or tribal governments) for legislation being considered by the Congress; the preparation of CBO’s multiyear projections of federal spending that constitute the “baseline” for the Congressional budget process; and the agency’s annual analysis of the President’s budget. In 2003, he received the James L. Blum Award for exceptional and distinguished accomplishment and leadership in public budgeting from the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis.

From 1995 to 1999, he was the Deputy Assistant Director of the Budget Analysis Division. From 1978 to 1994, he served as Chief of the Natural and Physical Resources Cost Estimates Unit in that division. For the two years before that, he was a principal analyst in the Budget Analysis Division, covering transportation issues. Before coming to CBO, he was a senior associate with Simat, Helliesen and Eichner, Inc., a transportation consulting firm.

Director Keith Hall
Deputy Director Mark Hadley
Senior Advisor Bob A. Sunshine
Executive Assistant Brianne B. Hutchinson
Administrative Assistant Charlotte Jenkins
Associate Director For Communications Deborah Kilroe
Web Designer Annette W. Kalicki
Web Developer Maria Thomason
Webmaster Simone T. Thomas
Digital Communications Specialist Adam Russell
Associate Director For Legislative Affairs Leigh Angres
Associate Director For Economic Analysis Jeffrey Kling
Associate Director For Economic Analysis Wendy Edelberg
General Counsel TJ McGrath
Assistant General Counsel Rebecca Verreau
Assistant General Counsel Alissa Ardito
Assistant General Counsel Evelio Rubiella
Chief Acquisition Officer Caryn Thiboheim
Contract Specialist/Legal Assistant Chayim Rosito
Contract Specialist David Jackson

Budget Analysis Division

The Budget Analysis Division produces baseline projections of federal spending, formal cost estimates for nearly every bill approved by Congressional committees, and informal cost estimates for thousands of proposals that committees are considering. The formal cost estimates include estimates not only of the effects of the legislation on the federal budget but also assessments of the costs imposed on state, local, and tribal governments and on the private sector.

In addition, the division also makes key contributions to many of CBO's analytic reports and works on:

Biographies and Staff Listings
Assistant Director

Theresa Gullo is the Assistant Director for Budget Analysis at CBO. She guides and contributes to analyses that are critical to the legislative processes of the Congress—including projections of federal spending for the current year and the next 10 years under current laws and policies for about 1,000 budget accounts covering all federal activities; tallies of federal spending throughout the year; and about 600 formal cost estimates (most of which include estimates of the cost of federal mandates on state, local, and tribal governments) each year for legislation approved by committees and thousands of informal estimates each year for legislation under consideration. Ms. Gullo has worked at CBO since 1985. She served as an analyst in the Natural and Physical Resources Cost Estimates Unit, where she handled land and water management issues. She also helped create and managed the State and Local Government Cost Estimates Unit until 2007, when she became the division’s Deputy Assistant Director.

Before coming to CBO, Ms. Gullo worked at the Urban Institute, conducting research on a variety of public finance issues, including infrastructure investment and state implementation of federal block grants. She graduated from Scripps College with a bachelor’s degree in American studies and received a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Deputy Assistant Director

Leo Lex, one of two deputies in the Budget Analysis Division, works with the Assistant Director to manage the division’s work on various topics, including health, defense, international affairs, and veterans’ issues. He came to CBO in 1995 to join the team that carries out CBO’s responsibilities under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act by estimating the costs of intergovernmental and private-sector mandates in legislation. As an analyst, he was primarily responsible for producing mandate statements for bills that affected health and income security programs. He also focused on state tax issues. In 2007, he became the head of the State, Local, and Tribal Cost Estimates Unit and in that capacity reviewed CBO’s mandate analyses for all bills approved by authorizing committees. Before coming to CBO, he worked for the Illinois Bureau of the Budget, where he projected cash flows for the state’s general fund and coordinated the state’s borrowing for general obligation debt. He graduated from Augustana College in South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in English and government and received a master’s degree in public administration, with a focus on state and local government finance, from Syracuse University.

Deputy Assistant Director

Sam Papenfuss is one of two deputies in the Budget Analysis Division. In that capacity, he works with the Assistant Director to manage the division’s work on a wide array of topics, including Social Security, income security, education, immigration, and natural and physical resources. Mr. Papenfuss joined CBO in 1999 as an analyst of military and veterans’ health care. He was responsible principally for the cost estimates and baseline projections for Tricare for Life (the health care program for military retirees who are eligible for Medicare), but also for work involving bioterrorism and international affairs. In 2007, he became the head of the Income Security and Education Cost Estimates Unit. In that post, he oversaw cost estimates and baseline projections for Social Security and for programs providing unemployment insurance, nutrition assistance, and student loans. He also was the primary coordinator for all of the division’s work related to immigration. Mr. Papenfuss graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and pursued doctoral studies in economics at George Mason University, where he completed all of the requirements for his degree except his dissertation.

Assistant Director Theresa A. Gullo
Deputy Assistant Director Leo Lex
Deputy Assistant Director Sam Papenfuss
Editor Kate Kelly
Executive Assistant To The Budget Analysis Division Darren Young
Defense, International Affairs, & Veterans' Affairs Cost Estimates Unit
Administrative Assistant Janice M. Johnson
Analyst David B. Newman
Analyst Matt Schmit
Analyst Kent R. Christensen
Analyst William Ma
Analyst Sunita C. D'Monte
Analyst Ann Futrell
Analyst David Rafferty
Analyst Dawn Regan
Analyst Ray J. Hall
Analyst Logan Smith
Health Systems and Medicare Cost Estimates Unit
Unit Chief Tom B. Bradley
Analyst Philippa Haven
Analyst Rebecca Yip
Analyst Lori Housman
Analyst Jamease Kowalczyk
Analyst Lara Robillard
Analyst Sarah Sajewski
Analyst Colin Yee
Income Security and Education Cost Estimates Unit
Unit Chief Sheila M. Dacey
Administrative Assistant Janice M. Johnson
Analyst Meredith Decker
Analyst Justin Humphrey
Analyst Noah Meyerson
Analyst Leah Koestner
Analyst Susanne S. Mehlman
Analyst Jennifer Gray
Analyst Tia Caldwell
Analyst Emily Stern
Analyst Elizabeth Delisle
Special Assistant Kathleen FitzGerald
Analyst Justin Latus
Low-Income Health Programs & Prescription Drugs Cost Estimates Unit
Unit Chief Chad M. Chirico
Special Assistant For Health Sarah Masi
Analyst Robert Stewart
Analyst Kate Fritzsche
Analyst Emily King
Analyst Ellen Werble
Analyst Emily Vreeland
Analyst Alice Burns
Analyst Julia M. Christensen
Analyst Lisa Ramirez-Branum
Analyst Kevin McNellis
Natural and Physical Resources
Unit Chief Kim P. Cawley
Administrative Assistant Ernestine McNeil
Analyst Jon Sperl
Analyst Stephen Rabent
Analyst Mark T. Grabowicz
Analyst Kathy Gramp
Analyst Jim A. Langley
Analyst Janani Shankaran
Analyst Sarah Puro
Analyst Jeff LaFave
Analyst Matthew Pickford
Analyst Megan E. Carroll
Analyst Robert Reese
Analyst Aurora Swanson
Analyst Jacob Fabian
Analyst Tiffany Arthur
Projections Unit
Unit Chief Christi Hawley Anthony
Analyst Shane Beaulieu
Analyst Aaron Feinstein
Analyst Dan Ready
Analyst Amber Marcellino
Analyst Avi Lerner
Analyst Barry Blom
Analyst Patt L. Watson
Public and Private Mandates
Unit Chief Susan Willie
Administrative Assistant Ernestine McNeil
Analyst Jon Sperl
Analyst Zachary Byrum
Analyst Andrew Laughlin
Analyst Rachel Austin
Scorekeeping
Unit Chief Adam Wilson
Administrative Assistant Ernestine McNeil
Analyst Esther Steinbock
Analyst Jnell Suchy
Analyst Mark Sanford
Analyst Justin Riordan
Analyst George McArdle
Analyst Jodi Capps

Financial Analysis Division

The policy analyses of the Financial Analysis Division focus on the financial commitments of the federal government, including federal credit and insurance programs and government-sponsored enterprises. The division also provides support throughout CBO for financial valuation and modeling and for projections of financial variables.

Biographies and Staff Listings
Assistant Director

Sebastien Gay became CBO’s Assistant Director for Financial Analysis in May 2017. He came to the agency in 2016 as an analyst and performed research on federal housing programs and fair-market value analysis. Before joining CBO, he was a Director at Berkeley Research Group, a consulting firm, where he provided independent analysis, expert testimony, and dispute consulting for firms in the financial, health care, and insurance industries, as well as for government. He was also on the faculty at the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. His research focused on corporate governance, financial risks and disclosures, real estate, health care, and experimental economics. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in finance from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE) ParisTech, and an M.Phil. in law and political science from Sciences Po in Paris.

Assistant Director Sebastien Gay
Senior Advisor Michael Falkenheim
Administrative Assistant Cindy R. Cleveland
Analyst Delaney Smith
Analyst Mitchell Remy
Analyst David F. Torregrosa
Analyst Wendy Kiska
Analyst Jeffrey Perry

Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division

The Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division analyzes a range of federal programs and policies that include Medicare, Medicaid, subsidies provided through health insurance exchanges, and Social Security. The division produces reports on a range of policy issues and plays a key role in certain estimates of proposed changes in health care programs. The division is also responsible for CBO’s long-term budget projections and collaborates on analyses of the long-term effects of proposed legislation.

Biographies and Staff Listings
Assistant Director

David Weaver came to CBO in October 2016, after serving more than 20 years at the Social Security Administration (SSA). During that time, he conducted and supervised research and policy analysis on Social Security's retirement, survivors, and disability programs. Most recently at SSA, he was the Associate Commissioner for Research, Demonstration, and Employment Support. In that role, he led more than 100 managers, researchers, analysts, computer specialists, and program experts in conducting research, policy analysis, and operational activities for Social Security’s disability programs.

Previously, as Deputy Associate Commissioner for Retirement Policy at SSA, Dr. Weaver headed a group conducting research on retirement and other income support programs. In that role, he led efforts to improve the agency’s microsimulation model for analyzing policy proposals and directed and reviewed numerous scholarly articles by research staff on federal programs that provide income support. During his early tenure at the agency, he conducted research on Social Security programs and their effects on the economic well-being of beneficiaries.

Dr. Weaver received his Ph.D. in economics from Duke University and his B.A. in economics from Furman University.

Deputy Assistant Director

Jessica Banthin came to CBO in June 2011, arriving as a senior advisor on health care analyses. She was promoted two years later to the position of deputy assistant director. During her time at CBO, she has written and managed several reports and cost estimates related to the Affordable Care Act. She directs the development and application of the agency’s Health Insurance Simulation model as well as other models used to support estimates of how changes in policy would affect health insurance coverage and the federal budget.

Before joining CBO, Dr. Banthin worked for many years at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), where she directed the Division of Modeling and Simulation. At AHRQ, she helped design and analyze the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, which yields nationally representative data on health care expenditures, premiums, and more.

Her research has spanned a range of health care issues, including trends in out-of-pocket spending, employment-based coverage, eligibility for and enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the “crowding out” of private insurance by public programs, premiums in the individual market, prescription drug expenditures, and the impact of policy reforms on costs overall, access to care, and families’ out-of-pocket expenses. Dr. Banthin received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland and her A.B. from Harvard University.

Assistant Director David Weaver
Deputy Assistant Director Jessica Banthin
Unit Chief Julie H. Topoleski
Unit Chief Alexandra Minicozzi
Unit Chief Lyle Nelson
Administrative Assistant Karla Burch-White
Analyst Tamara Hayford
Analyst Jimmy Chin
Analyst Ben Hopkins
Analyst Marina Miller
Analyst Sean Lyons
Analyst Chris Zogby
Analyst Yash Patel
Analyst Keren Hendel
Analyst Karen Stockley
Analyst Stephanie Barello
Analyst Jared Maeda
Analyst Noelia Duchovny
Analyst Ricci Reber
Analyst Ezra Porter
Analyst Daria Pelech
Analyst Xiaotong Niu
Analyst Charles Pineles-Mark
Analyst Zhuang Hao
Analyst Susan Beyer
Analyst Ru Ding
Analyst Romain Parsad
Analyst Anna E. Anderson-Cook
Analyst Scott Laughery
Analyst Geena Kim
Analyst Eamon Molloy
Analyst Allison Percy

Macroeconomic Analysis Division

The Macroeconomic Analysis Division generates CBO’s economic projections, which underlie the agency’s budget projections. The division also studies major developments in the economy, including changes in labor force participation, trends in productivity growth, and the recent recession and weak recovery. In addition, the division analyzes the short-term and longer-term effects on the overall economy of some proposed changes in federal tax and spending policies.

Biographies and Staff Listings
Assistant Director

Jeffrey F. Werling joined CBO in 2016. Before coming to the agency, he was the Director of Inforum, a research unit within the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. There, he served as the principal investigator for projects concerning economic forecasts, infrastructure investment, health care, fiscal policy, port disruptions, immigration, and exchange rate fluctuations. For more than a decade, he contributed to the Blue Chip and other consensus economic forecasts. He also taught an undergraduate course in economic development. Previously, he held positions as an international and industry economist with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, and Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates (now Global Insight). He received a B.S. in mineral economics from the Pennsylvania State University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland.

Deputy Assistant Director

John Kitchen came to CBO in 2018. He was previously a financial economist at the Office of Tax Policy in the U.S. Treasury, where he focused on corporate and business taxation, including tax policies affecting investment and depreciation. Before holding that position, he served as senior economist and then chief economist at the Office of Management and Budget; as chief economist at the Committee on the Budget in the House of Representatives; as senior economist at the Treasury’s Office of Economic Policy; and as a senior economist for the Council of Economic Advisers. His experience and research interests are in the areas of business economics, economic forecasting, international macroeconomics, and public finance. He holds a B.A. in economics and history from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Assistant Director Jeff Werling
Deputy Assistant Director John Kitchen
Senior Advisor Kim J. Kowalewski
Administrative Assistant Cindy R. Cleveland
Fiscal Policy Studies Unit
Unit Chief Devrim Demirel
Analyst Jaeger Nelson
Analyst Aaron Betz
Analyst Bob G. Shackleton
Analyst Kerk Phillips
Analyst Adam Staveski
Analyst James Otterson
Analyst John Seliski
Analyst Junghoon Lee
Analyst Claire Sleigh
Projections Unit
Unit Chief Bob W. Arnold
Analyst Gloria Chen
Analyst Jeffrey Schafer
Analyst Adam Staveski
Analyst Daniel Fried
Analyst Mark J. Lasky
Analyst Christopher Williams
Analyst Claire Sleigh
Analyst Edward Gamber

Management, Business, and Information Services Division

The Management, Business, and Information Services Division provides administrative and support services for CBO. The division’s responsibilities include the agency’s human resources activities, financial management responsibilities, information and technology resources, library services, and facilities. Additionally, the division is responsible for editing and producing CBO’s publications.

Biographies and Staff Listings
Chief Administrative Officer

Joseph E. Evans, Jr., became CBO’s Chief Administrative Officer in June 2013, having advanced from his position as the agency’s Chief Financial Officer, which he had held since 2004. As the head of CBO’s division providing all support services for the agency, Joe Evans has broad responsibilities —for human resources, financial systems, information and technology resources, library services, and facilities, as well as for the editing and production of CBO’s publications. During his time as Chief Financial Officer, he handled all aspects of planning and implementing the agency’s budgetary and financial activities.

Before he came to CBO, Joe Evans held increasingly responsible positions at the Defense Intelligence Agency. As the Deputy Chief Financial Executive/Comptroller, he provided fiscal oversight and management of the agency’s multibillion-dollar budget and worked in various ways to improve the agency’s management of resources. Before that, in a number of different roles over the course of about 15 years, he presided over the planning of and systems for the agency’s budget and finances, providing advice and analyses to align resources with needs and priorities. A certified government financial manager, he holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland, in business management and accounting, and a master’s degree from the same institution, in management, with a specialization in procurement contracts.

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer

Stephanie M. Ruiz began her career at CBO in 1999. She started as a human resources specialist and was promoted in 2001 to lead the Human Resources Office. Since 2009, she has held the dual role of Human Resources Director and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. Before joining CBO, she managed various human resources functions at the Samson Companies, a diversified oil and gas company with international operations, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ms. Ruiz has also held various roles in academic administration at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and at the University of Tulsa. Ms. Ruiz received her bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Tulsa and her master’s degree in human resource management from Marymount University. She holds the Professional in Human Resources certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute and is an SHRM Certified Professional.

Chief Administrative Officer Joe Evans
Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Stephanie M. Ruiz
Administrative Assistant Cindy R. Cleveland
Administrative Assistant Karla Burch-White
Administrative Assistant Charlotte Jenkins
Administrative Services
Manager Of Administrative Services Stephen P. Rentner
Office Services Assistant David Jackson
Editorial and Publishing Services
Editor In Chief John H. Skeen
Managing Editor Ben Plotinsky
Operations Editor Christine M. Bogusz
Editor Christine Browne
Editor Bo Peery
Editor Loretta Lettner
Editor Elizabeth Schwinn
Editor Rebecca Lanning
Visual Information And Production Specialist Casey Labrack
Visual Information And Production Specialist Jorge Salazar
Human Resources
Human Resources Director Stephanie M. Ruiz
Human Resources Specialist Holly Boras
Human Resources Specialist DaMischa Phillip
Human Resources Specialist Annita Cox
Information Resource Management and Technology Services
Chief Information Officer Terry Owens
Deputy Chief Information Officer Lionel Bernard
Vendor Program Specialist Phyllis E. Williams
Senior Information Security Engineer John Makings
Enterprise Architect Kristen Skinner
Senior Systems Engineer Frank Gibbs
Senior Network Systems Engineer Guanli Lu
Senior Computer Systems Engineer Robert Francois
Computer Systems Engineer Mike Shyavitz
Systems Engineer Brad Hicks
Computer Support Specialist Langdon Johnson
Computer Support Specialist James Butler
Information Security Engineer Randall Norfleet
Computer Support Specialist 2/3 Matthew Griffin
Office of Financial Management
Chief Financial Officer Mark Smith
Senior Accountant Tracy Gaffney
Budget Analyst Cierra Liles
Accountant Jason Brown

Microeconomic Studies Division

The Microeconomic Studies Division analyzes a broad range of programs and policies with significant implications for the federal budget and the economy. They include federal programs related to education and income security; federal investments in physical infrastructure such as highways; and federal policy related to energy, natural resources, climate, and the environment.

Biographies and Staff Listings
Assistant Director

Joseph Kile came to CBO in 2005, following 16 years in various positions at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). While at that agency, he led the Center for Economics, within the Applied Research and Methods Team—overseeing a group of economists that provided analyses and reviews of a broad range of issues. Before that, he was a senior economist and an assistant director within GAO’s Office of the Chief Economist. His analyses focused, in particular, on the issues of transportation (especially aviation financing, airline competition, and air service to small communities), energy, natural resources and the environment, and the pharmaceutical industry. Joseph Kile received a master’s degree and a doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics is from St. Olaf College, in Northfield, Minnesota.

Deputy Assistant Director

Chad Shirley joined CBO in 2010 as an analyst in the Microeconomic Studies Division and became Deputy Assistant Director of the division the next year. Before coming to the agency, he worked in economic consulting examining questions related to intellectual property and industry structure and performance. Before that, as an economist at the RAND Corporation, he focused on issues in transportation policy and government acquisitions and contracting. Dr. Shirley received his doctorate in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University.

Assistant Director Joseph Kile
Deputy Assistant Director Chad Shirley
Senior Advisor Terry M. Dinan
Senior Advisor Molly Dahl
Senior Advisor Perry C. Beider
Administrative Assistant Karla Burch-White
Analyst Natalie J. Tawil
Analyst Nadia Karamcheva
Analyst Nathan T. Musick
Analyst Sheila Campbell
Analyst Jordy Berne
Analyst Justin Falk
Analyst David Austin
Analyst William Carrington
Analyst David Burk
Analyst Nabeel A. Alsalam
Analyst Ron Gecan
Analyst David Wylie

National Security Division

The National Security Division analyzes policy issues related to the defense budget, veterans’ affairs, and homeland security. The division examines the long-term costs of the Defense Department’s plans, alternative ways of achieving certain military capabilities, and the benefits and drawbacks of possible changes in military compensation and veterans’ benefits.

Biographies and Staff Listings
Assistant Director

David E. Mosher returned to CBO in June 2010, resuming with the agency after having been a principal analyst at CBO from 1990 to 2000 in the division that he now leads. In the decade in between his time at CBO, he was a senior policy analyst at RAND. During his time at RAND, David Mosher was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and served as the director of the American Physical Society’s Study Group on Boost-Phase Intercept Systems for National Missile Defense. His research focused on environmental issues for the Army in contingency operations; ballistic missile defense; military use of space; nuclear proliferation; nuclear weapons; the role of the military and the National Guard in homeland security; special forces aviation; Army strategy; and terrorists’ acquisition and use of nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons. David Mosher holds an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and a B.A. in physics from Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Iowa.

Deputy Assistant Director

Edward G. Keating joined CBO in January 2017 as the Deputy Assistant Director of the National Security Division. Before coming to CBO, he worked for 24 years as an economist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. His research at RAND focused on helping government agencies, especially the Department of Defense, make cost-effective decisions; specific areas of research included the effects of aging on aircraft, when and whether to repair or replace military hardware, how the Department of Defense should structure its internal transfer pricing, military and civilian compensation policies, how the Forest Service should structure its aerial firefighting fleet, and the effects of government spending on economic development. He has published widely in RAND publications and in professional and trade journals. He earned a Ph.D. in economic analysis and policy from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in mathematical methods in the social sciences and economics from Northwestern University.

Assistant Director David Mosher
Deputy Assistant Director Edward G. Keating
Administrative Assistant Cindy R. Cleveland
Analyst Matt Woodward
Analyst Adam Talaber
Analyst Heidi Golding
Analyst Michael Bennett
Analyst David Arthur
Analyst Elizabeth Bass
Analyst Carla Tighe Murray
Analyst Derek Trunkey
Analyst Adebayo Adedeji
Analyst Eric J. Labs

Tax Analysis Division

The Tax Analysis Division projects future federal revenues (from individual income taxes, payroll taxes, corporate income taxes, and other sources), using economic models and microsimulation techniques. The division also analyzes the distribution of federal taxes and spending, and it examines how possible changes in tax law would affect the behavior of taxpayers and the overall economy.

Biographies and Staff Listings
Assistant Director

John McClelland came to CBO in August 2016 following 18 years at the Department of the Treasury. At that agency, he most recently was Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Tax Analysis (OTA). Before that, at OTA, he was the Director of Revenue Estimating; in that role, he was responsible for the Administration’s estimates of the revenue consequences of all tax proposals. Over the course of his tenure at OTA, he worked on a variety of topics in taxation, with a particular focus on business taxes and the consequences of potential reforms. Earlier in his time at the Treasury Department, he was the analyst responsible for the forecasts of revenues from the corporate income tax and a variety of excise taxes. John McClelland received his doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics, mathematics, and environmental studies from Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine.

Assistant Director John McClelland
Unit Chief Ed Harris
Unit Chief Joshua Shakin
Unit Chief Janet Holtzblatt
Administrative Assistant Karla Burch-White
Analyst Ellen Steele
Analyst Kathleen Burke
Analyst Molly Saunders-Scott
Analyst Cecilia Pastrone
Analyst Naveen Singhal
Analyst Kurt Seibert
Analyst Bilal Habib
Analyst Shannon Mok
Analyst Bayard Meiser
Analyst Jacob Fabian
Analyst Nathaniel Frentz
Analyst Paul Burnham
Senior Adviser Kevin Perese
Analyst Jennifer Shand
Analyst Dorian Carloni