PBO Briefing Note
with links to OECD analytical work on legislatures and the budget
The OECD Working Party of Senior Budget Officials (SBO) has created a network of parliamentary budget officials (PBO). Early work to create this network involved meetings of chairpersons of parliamentary budget committees, and a meeting on the relationship between the legislature and the budget office.
The PBO network is a diverse group, bringing together specialised professional staff from: independent fiscal institutions (parliamentary budget offices and fiscal councils); specialised in-house parliamentary budget research units; and parliamentary budget or finance committees.
Copies of background documents and presentations are available for each meeting in the links below:
5th annual meeting
of OECD Parliamentary Budget Officials and Independent Fiscal Institutions, Ottawa (21-22 February 2013)
4th annual meeting
of OECD Parliamentary Budget Officials and Independent Fiscal Institutions, Paris (23-24 February 2012)
Meeting on the relationship between the legislature and the budget office in the budget process, Paris (2-3 October 2006)
Meeting of OECD member country parliamentary budget committee chairs, Rome (5-6 June 2003)
International symposium of chairpersons of parliamentary budget committees of OECD member countries: "Holding the Executive Accountable: New Challenges", Washington DC (6-7 June 2002)
For more on OECD relations with parliamentarians: www.oecd.org/parliamentarians
Working Party of Senior Budget Officials (SBO)
Committee structures for budget approval and oversight/Interim financial reporting (background notes)
Budget: towards a new role for the legislature