Budget Options

  • Blog Post

    CBO to Release Volume of Budget Options on December 13

    On Thursday, December 13, CBO will release Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2019 to 2028. This report will describe 121 policy options that would decrease federal spending or increase federal revenues over the next decade.

  • Podcast

    Budget 101

    CBO’s podcast series looks at the agency’s inner workings and its role in the legislative budget process. This episode discusses the components of the budget, how CBO assists the two budget committees, and CBO’s current budget projections.

  • Report

    Reducing Primary Deficits Beginning in 2022

    CBO provides additional information to Congressman Jodey Arrington regarding the effects of two illustrative scenarios in which the primary deficit is reduced in relation to CBO’s extended baseline beginning in 2022.

  • Report

    The Deficit Reductions Necessary to Meet Various Targets for Federal Debt

    What changes in federal budget deficits would be necessary to reduce debt held by the public over the long term? CBO analyzed the primary deficit reductions necessary to meet three different debt targets in four different time frames.

  • Report

    A Premium Support System for Medicare: Updated Analysis of Illustrative Options

    CBO presents new estimates of the budgetary effects of options for a premium support system for Medicare and examines the reasons for the changes in the estimates, including changes in law that have affected the Medicare program.

  • Cost Estimate

    H.R. 195, Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017

    As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on July 26, 2017

  • Cost Estimate

    H.R. 194, Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2017

    As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on July 26, 2017

  • Report

    Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2017 to 2026

    CBO periodically issues a volume of options—this year’s installment presents 115—that would decrease federal spending or increase federal revenues over the next decade. The report is available both as a PDF and in a searchable format.

  • Blog Post

    CBO to Release Budget Options Volume on December 8

    CBO will release Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2017 to 2026, the latest edition in the agency’s periodic volume of budget options, on Thursday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Report

    Social Security Policy Options, 2015

    CBO analyzes 36 policy options commonly proposed by policymakers and analysts. Most of them would improve Social Security’s long-term finances, but only a few would significantly postpone the combined trust funds’ exhaustion date.