The former CBO director, now the president of American Action Forum, told TheDC News Foundation that overall there is a “good record of transparency” at the CBO and that conflicts of interest are immediately dealt with. “If there was [a conflict of interest], the director would get rid of it,” he said.
Holtz-Eakin rejects the idea that the CBO is a black box. “People who say that haven’t done their homework,” he said. “There’s lots of documentation of how CBO does its business. If they cared to do their work, they could figure out what it was.”
According to Holtz-Eakin, however, what projects members of the CBO staff are working on is “completely irrelevant.”
“When I signed something, I put my name on it, I was the director of the CBO,” Holtz-Eakin said. “I defended every number. I think it’s inappropriate for certain members of Congress to go past the director and start attacking the staff. They would not put up with me attacking their staff. That’s just wrong.”
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