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.