WASHINGTON--The Concord Coalition announced today that Charles S. Konigsberg has been hired as the organization's Chief Budget Counsel. Konigsberg comes to The Concord Coalition after having served more than two decades in senior-level positions in the U.S. Senate and Executive Branch.
"We are very pleased to welcome Chuck to our staff. He brings an unmatched knowledge of the federal budget process and a commitment to educating the public about the looming fiscal crisis," said Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby.
As Chief Budget Counsel, Mr. Konigsberg will continue to write his influential Washington Budget Report, launched in January 2007, which will now be known as The Concord Coalition Budget Report.
Konigsberg began his bipartisan Senate career as Staff Attorney at the Senate Budget Committee. He then moved on to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee for six years where he served as Chief Counsel on the Committee's Minority Staff. Most recently in the Senate, Konigsberg served four years as General Counsel to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) at the Senate Finance Committee and managed the Committee's half trillion-dollar deficit reduction legislation for Chairman Moynihan. Mr. Konigsberg also served in the administration of President Bill Clinton as an Assistant Director at the Office of Management and Budget.
Konigsberg is the author of America's Priorities: How the U.S. Government Raises and Spends $3,000,000,000,000 (Trillion) Per Year (2008). The book, which has received bipartisan acclaim, provides plain English explanations of major federal spending programs, federal taxes, the budget process, and the swing from deficits in the 1980s to surpluses in the late 1990s, and back to rapidly rising debt in the current decade. Konigsberg also launched a companion website on the federal budget, www.GovBudget.com.
Mr. Konigsberg graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1980 and from the Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio in 1983, where he was Executive Editor of the Law Review.
The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to balanced federal budgets and generationally responsible fiscal policy. Former U.S. Senators Warren Rudman (R-NH) and Bob Kerrey (D-NE) serve as Concord's co-chairs and former Secretary of Commerce Peter Peterson serves as president.