Testimony on CBO’s Appropriation Request for Fiscal Year 2015

March 11, 2014

Director Doug Elmendorf testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.


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

CBO requests appropriations of $46.1 million for fiscal year 2015. That amount represents an increase of roughly $400,000, or less than 1 percent, from the $45.7 million provided to CBO for 2014.

The requested funding would enable CBO to achieve and maintain staffing of 235 full-time-equivalent positions (FTEs), which is the level contemplated in the 2014 appropriation and in line with the FTEs funded between 2004 and 2008. After the budget constraints of recent years, CBO’s staffing dropped from a peak of 250 FTEs in fiscal year 2010 to about 220 FTEs now, and the agency is currently engaged in an intensive effort to use the increased funding to bolster its staff so that it can better serve the Congress.