Congressional Budget Office Plans in the Event of a Government Shutdown

CBO responds to Senator Rand Paul’s request for information about CBO’s operations had there been a shutdown on October 1.

CBO Letter responding to Senator Rand Paul’s request


Because of CBO’s role in supporting the Congress in its constitutional function, the agency had been instructed by the House and Senate Budget Committees that if appropriated funds lapse and normal operations of the federal government were suspended, all of CBO’s employees would have been considered “excepted employees” and continued working through at least October 10.


Established in 1974, The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is a federal agency within the legislative branch of the United States government.  It is charged with providing  members of Congress  objective  analysis of budgeting and economic issues to support the congressional budget process. Each year, CBO economists and budget analysts produce dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates for proposed legislation.



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