Bobby Kogan

Senior Director of Federal Budget Policy, Center for American Progress

Washington, DC



  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Biden-Harris transition team
  • U.S. Senate


  • Federal budget
  • Debt ceiling
  • Reconciliation process


  • College of William & Mary, B.S.

Recent Coverage

 SEP 26, 2023

Washington Post | Kevin McCarthy embraces stark cuts to safety net to win hard right

Despite protests from the White House, Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee advanced bills in July that would cut spending by roughly 9.5 percent on average, according to Bobby Kogan, senior director of federal budget policy at the Center for American Progress, a center-left think tank. Many programs would have seen much more dramatic cuts. The proposals would bring spending on these domestic programs to their lowest point as a share of the economy in at least 60 years, Kogan said.

 SEP 26, 2023

USA Today | What does a federal government shutdown mean? How you and your community could be affected

As in past shutdowns, that would force some preschool and school readiness centers to close, according to the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank. Bobby Kogan, a senior director of federal budget policy at the center, wrote in a column last week that a shutdown “would have devastating impacts on essential programs that millions rely on for their health and safety.” The longer it lasts, he wrote, the worse off those programs would be.

MAY 8, 2023

New York Times | What Would the G.O.P. Plan Actually Do to the Budget?

“It’s easy to write budget caps,” said Bobby Kogan, the senior director of federal budget policy at the left-leaning Center for American Progress and a former Senate and White House budget staffer, who analyzed the bill and provided data for some of our charts. “It’s hard to actually legislate what to cut to live within those budget caps.”

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About Bobby

Bobby Kogan is the senior director of Federal Budget Policy at American Progress, working to ensure the federal budget prioritizes policies that help the most vulnerable people. He is an expert in federal budget issues, including aggregate spending, revenues, interest, deficits, and debt. He is also an expert in the congressional budget reconciliation process, as well as in budget concepts and budget scorekeeping.

Prior to joining American Progress, Kogan served in the Biden-Harris White House as an adviser to the director of the Office of Management and Budget, where he assisted with the American Rescue Plan and the Inflation Reduction Act, as well as the president’s budget requests, budget concepts, and budget scorekeeping. Before the administration, Kogan joined the Biden-Harris transition team in August 2020 as a policy adviser and budget coordinator. Prior to that, he served on the Democratic staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget, under Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), as the chief mathematician and the head of budget analysis, budget concepts, and budget scorekeeping.

His work has been cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications, as well as on NPR and various television outlets.