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 for its Public and Private Mandates Unit, which analyzes and estimates of the effects of federal legislation on the budgets of state, local, and tribal governments; businesses; and individuals. The analyst's portfolio will vary over time depending on the unit's needs, but is likely to include natural resources, agriculture, federal land management, oil and gas leasing, federal labor programs, and the administration of justice.
CBO's estimates of the costs of federal mandates provide the Congress with important information as it considers proposed legislation. The unit works closely with analysts in the division and across the agency. Analysts also work closely with Congressional and federal agency staff; industry and business groups; and representatives of state, local, and tribal governments.
Applicants must have a graduate degree in public policy, public administration, economics, or a closely related field; or a bachelor's degree and at least five years of relevant analytical work experience. Experience with industry or regulatory analysis, state and local finance, and the legislative process is desirable. Proficiency in Excel is required and experience with database systems is desirable.
Candidates exceeding those minimum requirements also are encouraged to apply; experience will be considered in determining salary and job responsibilities.
The position requires the following:
- Strong research and quantitative skills and the ability to interpret and analyze legislative proposals;
- Strong oral and written communication skills; especially the ability to explain complex material clearly and concisely to colleagues, Congressional staff, Members of Congress, and the public;
- The ability to work on several analytical problems simultaneously, often under tight deadlines; and
- The ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
Salary and Benefits
Salaries at CBO are competitive and will be commensurate with experience, education, and other qualifications. CBO offers excellent benefits and a collegial, respectful work environment.
How to Apply
Submit a cover letter, résumé, a one- to two-page writing sample, and contact information for three references at www.cbo.gov/careers. Recent graduates must submit unofficial transcripts. To ensure consideration, apply by January 12, 2023; incomplete applications will not be considered. This position is covered by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 as made applicable to CBO by the Congressional Accountability Act, as amended.
Congressional Budget Office