Douglas W. Elmendorf
Appropriation Request for Fiscal Year 2011
Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
Committee on Appropriations
United States Senate
April 15, 2010
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CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE
SECOND AND D STREETS, S.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20515
Mr. Chairman, Senator Murkowski, and Members of the Subcommittee, thank
you for the opportunity to present the fiscal year 2011 budget request for the
Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
CBO’s mission is to provide the Congress with timely, objective, nonpartisan
analyses of the budget, the economy, and other policy issues and to furnish the
information and cost estimates required for the Congressional budget process. In
fulfilling that mission, CBO depends on a highly skilled workforce.
Approximately 90 percent of the agency’s appropriation is devoted to pay and
benefits; the remaining 10 percent is for information technology, equipment,
supplies, and other services.
The proposed budget for fiscal year 2011 totals $47,289,000, a $2.1 million or
4.7 percent increase over CBO’s regular appropriation for fiscal year 2010. CBO
also received a supplemental appropriation in 2009 that was intended to cover
additional costs in both 2009 and 2010 related to the analysis of health care
legislation. After accounting for the portion of that supplemental appropriation
that is being used in 2010 (about $1.7 million), the 2011 request amounts to an
increase of 0.9 percent over CBO’s total 2010 funding.
The proposed $2.1 million increase in CBO’s regular appropriation is the net of
changes in three broad categories:
■ $2.0 million is for rising mandatory pay and related costs for exis