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DC - Unit Chief for Fiscal Policy Studies

  • 1.  DC - Unit Chief for Fiscal Policy Studies

    Posted 01-20-2023 09:12 AM

    The Congressional Budget Office is a nonpartisan federal agency that provides economic and budgetary analysis to the Congress. CBO's Macroeconomic Analysis Division seeks a manager to lead its Fiscal Policy Studies Unit, which analyzes the macroeconomic effects of fiscal policy and communicates estimates of those effects to the Congress.

    The unit chief supervises a team of analysts-most with advanced degrees in economics-and contributes to the division's management. Key responsibilities include identifying issues in fiscal policy requiring attention and research, providing leadership and direction in completing that research and publishing the results, overseeing the development of economic models, and responding to requests from the Congress for information on and analysis of specific topics.

    Members of the unit make important contributions to CBO's work, as reflected in The Effects of Pandemic-Related Legislation on Output, Effects of Physical Infrastructure Spending on the Economy and the Budget Under Two Illustrative Scenarios, The Economic Effects of Waiting to Stabilize Federal Debt, and other CBO reports. The unit works closely with staff in the division's Projections Unit and with CBO's other divisions.

    Collectively, CBO has devoted a significant effort to developing a variety of analytical tools for assessing the economic effects of changes in fiscal policies and for analyzing how such macroeconomic feedback affects the federal budget. The unit's analyses of issues and legislative proposals provide critical, direct input to the Congressional decision-making process.


    Applicants must have a Ph.D. in economics and at least 5 years of experience (or a master's degree with at least 10 years of experience) in analyzing the economic effects of fiscal and other policies. They must be familiar with state-of-the-art macroeconomic models used for policy analysis, such as dynamic general equilibrium and overlapping-generations models. The position requires outstanding leadership, research, and management skills and the ability to manage projects and to motivate and direct a strong professional staff. Solid communication skills are essential, especially the ability to communicate technical material in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing. Candidates must have a deep interest in contributing to the policy debate and the ability to collaborate effectively in a fluid policy environment.

    Salary and Benefits

    The salary is competitive with positions in the executive branch and will be 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, résumé, a brief writing sample, and contact information for three references at www.cbo.gov/careers. To ensure consideration, apply by February 17, 2023. This position is not governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act, as made applicable to CBO by the Congressional Accountability Act, as amended.

    Annita Gulati
    Congressional Budget Office