CBO Blog

  • CBO examines how recapitalizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac through administrative actions would affect such factors as CBO’s budget projections and cash flows between the two enterprises and their shareholders, including the Treasury.

  • CBO describes how estimates of the budgetary effects of enacted legislation are recorded and used to meet requirements for budget enforcement under the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.

  • In a report required by law, CBO provides estimates of the caps on discretionary funding for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. CBO concludes that the discretionary appropriations provided to date for 2020 do not exceed the caps for this year.

  • The federal budget deficit was $2.8 trillion in the first ten months of fiscal year 2020, CBO estimates, $1.9 trillion more than the deficit recorded during the same period last year.

  • Each quarter, CBO provides information about its work in progress. As of July 6, the agency was working on 96 cost estimates for legislation in addition to 29 analytic products.

  • The federal budget deficit was $2.7 trillion in the first nine months of fiscal year 2020, CBO estimates, $2.0 trillion more than the deficit recorded during the same period last year.

  • CBO examines the IRS’s enforcement activities between 2010 and 2018 and analyzes how the decline in those activities reflects the decline in its funding and staff over that period. CBO also estimates how changes to the IRS’s budget could affect federal revenues.

  • CBO projects that from 2020 to 2030, annual real GDP will be 3.4 percent lower, on average, than it projected in January. The annual unemployment rate, which was projected to average 4.2 percent, is now projected to average 6.1 percent.

  • The report will provide CBO’s first complete set of 10-year economic projections since January. It will update the interim projections that the agency published in May, which focused on 2020 and 2021.

  • CBO examines four laws enacted in response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic and summarizes their effects on federal spending, revenues, and the deficit. CBO also provides details about the laws’ effects on discretionary spending, mandatory spending, revenues, and mandates.