Cyclopedia of Congressional Budget Law

Robert D. Reischauer


Robert D Reischauer was the third formally appointed Director of the Congressional Budget Office and served in that position from 1989 to 1995.

Congressional Budget Office

Reischauer served as director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) from 1989 to 1995. After assisting in the initial establishment of the Office under Alice Rivlin, he became assistant director for human resources and then deputy director (1977 to 1981).

Urban Institute 

After leaving CBO in 1981, he became senior vice president of the Urban Institute (1981 to 1986).

Brookings Institution

From the Urban Institute, he became a senior fellow of economic studies at the Brookings Institution (1986 to 1989), after which he became CBO director, but returned to Brookings after resigning that position (1995-2000). He was also president of the Urban Institute from 2000 to 2012.

General Information

Robert Reischauer is one of two public trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds, an original member of the Academy of Social Insurance, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Public Administration.

He was a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), serving as vice-chair from 2001 to 2009.

Reischauer holds an AB from Harvard University as well as an MA in international affairs and a PhD in economics from Columbia University.