Budget Issues:

Budgetary Implications of Selected GAO Work for Fiscal Year 2000

OCG-99-26: Published: Apr 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1999.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the budgetary implications of selected program reforms discussed in its work but not yet implemented or enacted.

GAO noted that: (1) Congress has many available options for cutting spending or raising revenue; (2) GAO discussed the conventions used to estimate savings and revenue gains; (3) it provided for congressional consideration an analytical framework in which to consider cost savings or revenue increases; (4) this framework provides one set of criteria that may be used to assess goals, scope, and approaches for delivering federal programs; (5) GAO presented narrative descriptions of the options, including available estimates of budgetary savings as determined by the Congressional Budget Office or the Joint Committee on Taxation; (6) GAO listed options from its March 1997 report that were not updated for this year's volume based on the review of congressional and agency actions taken over the past 2 years; (7) over 60 options from GAO's last report are not included in this report because: (a) the option was fully or substantially acted upon by Congress or the cognizant agency; (b) the option was no longer appropriate due to environmental changes or the aging of GAO's work; or (c) Congress or the cognizant agency chose a different approach to address the issues discussed in the option; and (8) GAO will continue to monitor many of these options to assess whether underlying issues are ultimately resolved based on the actions taken.

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