CBO Operations

CBO reports to the Congress on the agency’s activities in its annual request for appropriations. More than 90 percent of the agency’s budget is allocated to staff compensation; the remaining portion covers data, information technology, training, and other needs. CBO also uses a variety of tools—presentations, blogs, and reports—to explain how it does its work.

  • Podcast

    CBO’s podcast series looks at the agency’s inner workings and its role in the legislative budget process. The final episode of this three-part series focuses on transparency efforts at CBO.

  • Podcast

    CBO’s pilot podcast series looks at the inner workings of CBO and its role in the legislative budget process. In this episode, the function and value of cost estimates are discussed.

  • Blog Post

    CBO’s podcast series looks at the inner workings of the agency and its role in the legislative budget process. In this episode, the function and value of cost estimates are discussed.

  • Report

    On September 13, 2018, Director Keith Hall testified before the Senate Budget Committee about transparency at CBO.

  • Blog Post

    Formal cost estimates are among the many products CBO provides to policymakers and analysts to help them assess the effects of differing policies on budgetary outcomes.

  • Report

    Transparency is a top priority for CBO. This report describes the agency’s recent efforts to ensure that its work is credible, is well understood, and helps people gauge how estimates might change if policies or circumstances differed.

  • Blog Post

    I recently returned from the 10th Annual Meeting of the Network of Parliamentary Budget Officials and Independent Fiscal Institutions, which is coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

  • Report

    CBOLT is the main analytical tool that CBO uses to make long-term projections of the economy and federal budget. Those projections help shed light on fiscal challenges that extend beyond CBO’s standard 10-year projection window.

  • Report

    On February 27, 2018, CBO Director Keith Hall testified before the House Budget Committee, presenting seven important things to know about how CBO does its analysis.

  • Report

    On February 6, 2018, CBO staff testified before the House Budget Committee on the process and principles underlying the preparation of the agency’s baseline projections and cost estimates for legislation.

  • Report

    The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 requires CBO to prepare cost estimates for legislation at certain points in the legislative process. This report provides answers to frequently asked questions about how CBO prepares those estimates.

  • Report

    CBO is required to provide the Congress an annual report on spending, revenues, and deficits with subsequent revisions to that report. Here, CBO provides answers to questions about how it prepares its baseline projections for the budget.

  • Blog Post

    Because people who do not work with CBO regularly are sometimes unfamiliar with its role and operations, Director Hall highlighted some key points about the agency during his testimony before the House Budget Committee.

  • Report

    Since 1975, CBO has produced nonpartisan analyses of budgetary and economic issues in support of the Congress. In 2017, CBO completed 740 formal cost estimates, 86 analytic reports and working papers, and many other products.

  • Report

    CBO Director Keith Hall testified on CBO’s appropriation request for fiscal year 2018 before the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate.

  • Report

    When the Congress considers legislation that would authorize a nonfederal entity to carry out certain duties, CBO must decide whether to treat the associated cash flows as federal transactions when estimating the bill’s budgetary effects.

  • Report

    Director Keith Hall provided a written statement regarding CBO’s appropriation request for fiscal year 2018 to the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Report

    On September 7, 2016, CBO Deputy Director Mark Hadley testified on CBO’s estimates of the budgetary effects of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation before the Committee on the Budget, U.S. House of Representatives.