Budget Issues:

Effects of the Fiscal Year 1990 Sequester on the Department of Education

HRD-90-150FS: Published: Aug 3, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1990.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effects of the fiscal year (FY) 1990 sequester on the Department of Education, focusing on: (1) how the sequester reduced resources; and (2) the sequester's impact on the Department's ability to fulfill its mission.

GAO found that: (1) the FY 1990 sequester reduced the Department's budgetary resources by $266.1 million, or 1.1 percent of its $24.5-billion annual budget authority; (2) the sequester decreased federal funding for 14 budget accounts, with reductions ranging between 1.2 percent and 1.4 percent for each account; (3) Department officials believed the sequester's overall impact was minimal, primarily because the FY 1989 funding level was 5.1-percent higher than the FY 1990 level and many programs did not disburse their funds until the subsequent year; (4) two departmental accounts experienced funding difficulties beyond those created by the sequester, but after the sequester, both accounts' net appropriations exceeded FY 1989 levels; (5) the program administration account absorbed an across-the-board pay raise in addition to the sequester; and (6) the Office for Civil Rights experienced funding difficulties which stemmed from legislation that expanded its authority.

Jul 21, 2016

Jun 23, 2016

May 12, 2016

Apr 14, 2016

Mar 4, 2016

Oct 30, 2015

Sep 9, 2015

Aug 17, 2015

Jul 9, 2015

Apr 27, 2015

Looking for more? Browse all our products here