Charles S. Konigsberg has three decades of bipartisan experience with the federal budget and public policy serving in senior-level positions in the U.S. Senate, the White House Office of Management and Budget and non-profits. In 2010, he was Director of the Domenici-Rivlin Bipartisan Debt Reduction Task Force that produced a bipartisan, consensus debt reduction plan, Restoring America’s Future.
Mr. Konigsberg served as a senior staff member in the United States Senate for thirteen years, becoming a recognized expert on the federal budget and legislative process. He served four years as General Counsel and Chief Health Counsel at the Senate Finance Committee for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. As General Counsel he managed the Committee’s half trillion-dollar deficit reduction legislation.
Mr. Konigsberg began his Senate career as Staff Attorney at the Senate Budget Committee, where he wrote the first two editions of the Senate’s explanation of the congressional budget, authorization, and appropriations processes. He moved on to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee for six years, ultimately serving as Chief Counsel, working on budget, tax, and trade issues for the Ranking Member.
In the Executive Branch, Mr. Konigsberg spent over four years in the Clinton White House serving as an Assistant Director at the Office of Management and Budget, where he managed legislative affairs with the Senate and was responsible for achieving consensus on Statements of Administration Policy on a broad range of national issues. In 1999, he was awarded for Outstanding Service to the Executive Office of the President.
Mr. Konigsberg also served in the Bush-43 Administration as Director of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Corporation for National and Community Service, the agency that administers AmeriCorps.
Mr. Konigsberg is the author of America’s Priorities: How the U.S. Government Raises and Spends $3 Trillion Per Year (2008), which has received bipartisan praise and is used by media, universities, and think tanks.
Mr. Konigsberg is founder and editor-in-chief of USBudgetAlert.com, a nationally distributed newsletter and website, providing nonpartisan, expert analysis of taxes, spending and fiscal policy. In 2007, he launched the weekly newsletter, the Washington Budget Report, which is now published by the nonpartisan Concord Coalition, where he served as Chief Budget Counsel. He has appeared on Voice of America, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Bloomberg Radio, Fox Business News, and ABC Radio’s Money Talk and is frequently consulted by CNN Money and Congressional Quarterly/Roll Call as an expert on the federal budget and fiscal policy.
Mr. Konigsberg currently serves as Vice President, Strategy and Policy at NEMA, representing 400 companies and the $100 billion electroindustry, where he works on fiscal and tax policy and directs strategic initiatives. He previously served as adjunct professor at the George Washington University teaching budgetary politics in the graduate school of political management.Mr. Konigsberg graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1980 and from the Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio in 1983, where he was an Executive Editor of the Law Review. He lives in Vienna, VA with his wife Amy and son Eddie.
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