The Congressional Budget Office is a small nonpartisan agency that provides economic and budgetary analysis to the Congress. CBO’s Budget Analysis Division seeks an analyst to work in its Scorekeeping Unit, which coordinates cost estimates for the 12 annual appropriation bills at each stage of House and Senate action, tracks the budgetary effects of newly enacted laws, and prepares reports that the Congress uses to enforce rules and procedures of the budget process.
The analyst will coordinate estimates for appropriation bills, collaborating closely with other analysts in the division, and contribute to scorekeeping reports related to budget enforcement. The analyst will work closely with the staff of Congressional committees—in particular, the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations and the Budget. The analyst will review proposals in the President’s annual budget, assist in preparing the baseline budgetary projections that CBO supplies to the Congress three times each year, and contribute to the annual report entitled Expired and Expiring Authorizations of Appropriations.
The analyst will be responsible for a portfolio of two annual appropriation bills, to be determined at the time of hiring.
Candidates must have a graduate degree in public policy, public administration, or a related field (or a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of relevant federal budget experience). Because the pace of the work (which is closely tied to the flow of legislative activity in the Congress) can be fast, the ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously, frequently under tight deadlines, is essential. The position requires strong organizational and analytical skills and strict attention to detail. Very strong communication and interpersonal skills—especially the ability to communicate complex material clearly and concisely to colleagues and Congressional staff members—are required. Familiarity with the federal budget process and Congressional procedures is strongly preferred. Experience working with and managing databases is beneficial, as is proficiency with Excel.
Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain a Tier 1 (NACI) investigation.
Salary and Benefits
Salaries at CBO are competitive and commensurate with experience, education, and other qualifications. CBO offers excellent benefits and a collegial, respectful work environment.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, a résumé, a brief writing sample, and contact information for three references at www.cbo.gov/careers. Recent graduates should submit copies of unofficial transcripts. To ensure consideration, apply by April 30, 2021; incomplete applications will not be considered. This position is governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, as made applicable to CBO by the Congressional Accountability Act, as amended.