The OECD Working Party of Senior Budget Officials (SBO) was established in 1980 and is composed of budget directors and other senior officials from OECD countries. The SBO meets annually to address key budgeting concerns and relevant policy options.
The current chair is Gerhard Steger (Budget Director, Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria).
The SBO carries out analysis and research on the full range of budgeting issues. These include:
The work carried out by the OECD in the field of budgeting is published in the OECD Journal on Budgeting.
The SBO has launched associated networks on specific topics (for example, accrual accounting, performance budgeting, and public-private partnerships), each composed of the relevant senior officials from member countries. The networks meet regularly and operate in the same manner as the SBO. Regional networks have also been launched.