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.

  • Report

    CBO plans to adjust its usual report schedule to keep the Congress informed about the rapidly evolving economic and budgetary consequences of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

  • Report

    Each quarter, CBO provides information about its work in progress. As of March 31, the agency was working on 159 cost estimates for legislation in addition to 25 analytic products.

  • Report

    CBO provides cost estimates, reports, analyses, and other information to policymakers throughout the legislative process and often provides technical assistance to lawmakers as legislation is being crafted.

  • Report

    CBO’s transparency efforts aim to promote a thorough understanding of its work, help people gauge how estimates might change if policies or circumstances differed, and enhance the credibility of its analyses and processes.

  • Blog Post

    On such an occasion, it is natural to look back on this institution’s history and how it has supported the Congress over the decades. And as CBO’s 10th Director, I am excited to have the opportunity to be a steward for its growth as it becomes still more responsive to the needs of the Congress.

  • Blog Post

    Transparency is a top priority for CBO. The agency has long been dedicated to clearly explaining its analyses, and CBO has continued to bolster its efforts to be transparent over the past year.

  • Report

    CBO is submitting this report to the Committee on House Administration of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Rules and Administration of the Senate in accordance with section 509 of the CAA Reform Act.

  • Blog Post

    Today CBO released four products that, in combination, explain how the agency uses its new health insurance simulation model, HISIM2, to generate estimates of health insurance coverage and premiums for people under age 65.

  • Blog Post

    As the 116th Congress gets under way, CBO Director Keith Hall would like to highlight a number of multimedia, interactive, and analytical resources on CBO’s website that Members of Congress and Congressional staff might find useful.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.