Budget Issues:

Issue Area Plan Fiscal Years 1998-1999

IAP-98-11: Published: Sep 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1998.

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GAO provided information on its Budget Issue area plan, focusing on the: (1) federal budget surplus; (2) effects of the budget and the budget process on policymakers' ability to make choices; and (3) budget's impact on government operations.

GAO plans to: (1) identify the implications, and appropriate responses to the near-term budget surplus; (2) address longer-term issues and challenges associated with the overall fiscal position of the government; (3) use its long-term budget model to help Congress understand the consequences of current and alternative fiscal paths for the nation's long-term economy and budget over a 50-year period; (4) develop alternative analytical perspectives to educate the public and Congress on budget trends and the policy choices of the budget surplus; (5) promote the use of financial information in the budget decision-making process; (6) highlight the key financial audit findings of interest to budget policymakers and plan work to ensure coverage of budget numbers in the financial audit process; (7) address ways to better ensure that the new performance information and indicators arising from the Government Performance and Results Act will be presented in ways that gain the attention of budget and appropriations decisionmakers; (8) pursue other areas where improvements can be made in the information, processes, and structures used to make budget decisions; and (9) help Congress understand the implications of proposed changes in budget structures, processes, and cost accounting concepts.

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