Testimony on CBO's Appropriation Request for Fiscal Year 2014

May 21, 2013

Testimony before the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate

CBO requests an appropriation of $45.7 million for fiscal year 2014. That amount represents an increase of $1.6 million, or 3.7 percent, from the $44.1 million (on an annualized basis) that was provided to CBO under the continuing resolution in place during the first part of fiscal year 2013. It represents a larger increase—of about 10 percent—relative to CBO’s budget of $41.5 million after final appropriations for fiscal year 2013 were enacted and the sequestration was implemented.

The increase would enable CBO to support 235 fulltime-equivalent positions (FTEs), which would be roughly 7 percent fewer than the 254 FTEs funded in 2010 and in line with the number of FTEs funded between 2004 and 2008. The increase also would enable the agency to catch up on critical purchases of information technology (IT) and other items that are being deferred this year.

The proposed budget represents the amount that CBO believes will be necessary to avoid a further reduction in the information and analysis that the agency provides to the Congress.