CBO seeks an experienced attorney to fill the position of senior counsel, one of five attorney positions in the Office of General Counsel.

The senior 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 senior 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 senior 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 at least three years’ experience advising clients, 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 legal memoranda, memoranda of understanding, correspondence, and draft legislation;
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues throughout the agency; and
  • Quickly provide accurate legal advice and support related to a wide range of federal programs and legislation.

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 appropriations law, administrative law, the Congressional budget process, or drafting federal legislation.

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain favorable results from 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 résumé, a brief writing sample, and contact information for three references at www.cbo.gov/careers. To ensure consideration, apply by March 23, 2021. This position is governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, as made applicable to CBO by the Congressional Accountability Act, as amended.

This position is covered by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 as made applicable to CBO by the Congressional Accountability Act, as amended.

Because this position is covered by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act, the following categories of people may be eligible for preference in the hiring process relative to other applicants: veterans who have separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after serving on active duty in the armed forces during a war, in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, or during particular defined periods; disabled veterans; and the mother, spouse, or unmarried widow or widower of certain veterans.

To claim this preference, an applicant must identify himself or herself as eligible for veterans’ preference in the Self-Identification for Veterans’ Preference section of the application and must complete and submit a Veterans’ Preference Eligibility Form together with the supporting documentation specified on that form within two weeks of applying. Applicants may obtain a copy of CBO’s Veterans’ Preference in Appointments policy by submitting a written request to careers@cbo.gov.


Annita Gulati Cox or Kate Green, Washington, D.C., careers@cbo.gov