Tad DeHaven was a budget analyst on federal and state budget issues for the Cato Institute. Prior to that, he was a deputy director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget. DeHaven also worked as a budget policy advisor to Senators Jeff Sessions (R‑AL) and Tom Coburn (R‑OK).

His articles have been published in the Washington Post, Washington Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal Online, National Review and Politi​co​.com. He has appeared on the CBS Evening News, CNBC, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, and NPR.