Congressional Budget Office Washington , DC 20319

Posted 4 weeks ago

CBO seeks an attorney to fill the position of Counsel, one of four attorney positions in the Office of General Counsel.

The Counsel, together with the General Counsel and Assistant General Counsels, provides legal advice to CBO's management and staff about a broad range of legal issues in a collaborative, fast-paced, and complex environment. The Counsel interprets and analyzes legislative proposals, advises on areas of the law addressed in the cost estimates and reports that CBO prepares for the Congress, and provides formal and informal advice in all areas of law affecting CBO's operations, such as appropriations, data-use agreements, ethics, personnel and employment, and procurement. In performing those duties, the Counsel has contact with government officials at various levels, the private bar, members of the public, and Congressional staff.


Candidates for this position must have graduated from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, a territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Candidates should have the ability to:

  • Research and analyze complex factual and legal issues and present legally sound results in a clear, precise, and persuasive manner, both orally and in writing;

  • Produce written work products in a number of formats, including regulations, legal memoranda, memoranda of understanding, correspondence, and draft legislation; and

  • Provide a full range of legal advice and support related to a variety of statutes and programs.

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their total background, including experience, education, awards, and training. Those who have broad experience interacting with a wide variety of clients, as opposed to those who have worked only in a narrow specialty, will receive closer consideration, as will candidates who have experience with the Congressional budget process and drafting federal legislation.

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain a Tier 1 (NACI) investigation.

Salary and Benefits

Salaries at CBO are competitive and commensurate with experience, education, and other qualifications. CBO offers excellent benefits and a collegial, respectful work environment.

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter, a rsum, a brief writing sample, and contact information for three references at To ensure consideration, apply by November 23, 2020; incomplete applications will not be considered. This position is governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, as made applicable to CBO by the Congressional Accountability Act, as amended.


Annita Gulati Cox or Kate Green, Washington, D.C.,

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