Charles Kieffer

Lead, Appropriations

Kieffer has 44 years of intimate knowledge and experience in the Federal budget and appropriations process, both in Congress and the Executive Branch.  He served as Staff Director of the Senate Appropriations Committee for Chairmen Robert C. Byrd and Patrick Leahy, and for Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, managing a staff of over sixty professionals allocating and providing oversight of $1.7 trillion annually.  He also served as the Clerk of the Homeland Security Subcommittee from the inception of the Department in 2003 to 2013 and the Clerk of the District of Columbia Subcommittee from 2001-2002.

In the Executive Branch, he served as the Acting Associate Director for Legislative Affairs for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 1995-2001 and as Special Assistant to the Director and Chief for Appropriations Analysis for OMB from 1985 -2001 for the Reagan, Bush (41), and Clinton Administrations.  He also served in the Office of the Secretary for HEW/HHS from 1978-1985.  His portfolios provide unique insight into budget development, budget execution, and oversight.

During his public service, he received the President’s Distinguished Executive Rank Award in 1996, the Robert Damus Public Service Award in 2001, and the William Cresswell Congressional Staff Leadership award in 2022.

Kieffer received his Master of Public Administration from American University in 1978 and has a Bachelors degree in Economics and Government from the College of William and Mary in 1976.  Grandpa to three grandkids, married for over forty years and Member of the Washington Redskins Band from 1976-2002.