Kathy Ruffing

Areas of Expertise: Budget — Federal, Social Security

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Kathy Ruffing is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, specializing in federal budget issues.

Ruffing spent 25 years at the Congressional Budget Office, where she analyzed a wide range of topics including interest costs and federal debt, federal pay, immigration, and Social Security.  Upon her departure, the Congressional Record praised her as a dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly to advance the legislative process and whose analyses displayed the best characteristics of CBO reports:  impartiality, clarity, and comprehensiveness.

Before joining CBO, Ruffing spent several years at the Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration.  More recently, she helped launch a budget study at the National Academy of Sciences.

Ruffing earned a B.A. in economics and political science at the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.A. in economics at George Washington University.

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