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Public and Private Mandates Analyst

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 to help the agency carry out its responsibilities under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. The analyst’s primary duties include the following:
·      Write clear and concise estimates of the effects of federal legislation on the budgets of state, local, and tribal governments and on private-sector entities, including businesses and individuals;
·      Respond to inquiries from the Congress;
·      Support the production of CBO’s cost estimates and publications in other areas, as needed; and
·      Track the production of cost estimates and mandate statements.

CBO’s estimates of the costs of federal mandates provide the Congress with important information as it considers proposed legislation. The Public and Private Mandates Unit works closely with Congressional staff; industry and business groups; and representatives of state, local, and tribal governments. The analyst’s portfolio will be determined at the time of hiring and could encompass a variety of program areas, such as energy, transportation, defense, education, general government and administration, and veterans’ benefits.

Qualifications
Candidates must have a graduate degree in public policy, public administration, economics, or a similar degree in a related field. Candidates must demonstrate strong quantitative and research skills and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, to accurately interpret and analyze legislative proposals, and to work well under tight deadlines. Familiarity with industry or regulatory analysis, state and local finance, and the legislative process is desirable. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is required; experience with SharePoint and Access (or other database systems) is desirable.

Salary and Benefits
The salary is competitive 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, salary history, a one- to two-page writing sample, and contact information for three references. Recent graduates should submit an unofficial copy of academic transcripts. To ensure consideration, apply by February 24, 2019; this position may be closed at any time after that date. Only complete applications will 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.
 
Contact
Annita Gulati Cox, Washington, DC, 202-226-2628, careers@cbo.gov.