Since 1975, CBO has produced independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process. Each year, the agency’s economists and budget analysts produce dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates for proposed legislation.
CBO is strictly nonpartisan; conducts objective, impartial analysis; and hires its employees solely on the basis of professional competence without regard to political affiliation. CBO does not make policy recommendations, and each report and cost estimate summarizes the methodology underlying the analysis. Learn more about CBO's commitment to objectivity and transparency.
CBO’s work follows processes specified in the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (which established the agency) or developed by the agency in concert with the House and Senate Budget Committees and the Congressional leadership.
If you are new to the Congress or are unfamiliar with CBO, you may find yourself asking the following questions:
- What types of reports does CBO produce?
- How do I get a cost estimate?
- Where can I find budget options?
- How do I contact CBO?
For more information, visit our other pages in the About CBO section or read our printable brochure, An Introduction to the Congressional Budget Office.