The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is a nonpartisan organization that has produced independent analyses of economic and budgetary issues in order to support the Congressional budget process since 1975. CBO’s focus is impartiality–from the reports they produce to the people they employ, who are retained solely on the basis of competence without consideration of their political affiliation. The CBO does not make policy recommendations. 

The following are CBO products:
  1. Baseline Budget and Economic Projections [More…]
  2. Long-Term Budget Projections [More…]
  3. Cost Estimates [More…]
  4. Analytic Reports [More…]
  5. Analysis of the President’s Budget [More…]
  6. Budget Options [More…]
  7. Analysis of Federal Mandates [More…]
  8. Monthly Budget Review [More...]
  9. Scorekeeping for Legislation [More…]
  10. Compilations of Unauthorized Appropriations and Expiring Authorizations [More…]
  11. Sequestration Reports [More…]
  12. Working Papers [More…]
  13. Data and Technical Information [More…]

CBO processes are delineated by the Congressional budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, or developed by collaboration between the agency, House and Senate Budget Committees, and the Congressional Leadership. Their studies and reports are chosen based on whether or not the research will satisfy their primary responsibility: to help the House and Senate Budget Committees with issues that fall into their jurisdiction.

The current director of the Congressional Budget Office is Keith Hall, to view the rest of the CBO’s organization and staffing, click here.