Reports and Testimony:

March 1996

OPA-96-6: Published: Mar 29, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1996.

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This is a compilation of the Reports and Testimony released in March, 1996. Highlights include: (1) Tax System Modernization--The Internal Revenue Service has spent more than $2.5 billion since 1986 on tax system modernization (TSM)--an effort jeopardized by persistent and pervasive management and technical weaknesses. Unless it corrects these problems, IRS will spend billions more on TSM with little assurance of success. (Page 18); (2) Bosnian Peacekeeping--Although the costs of participation in the Bosnian peacekeeping operation are uncertain, they will likely exceed Defense Department estimates. At present, the costs for deployment of forces and for the support of contractors are running significantly higher than original estimates. (Page 19); and (3) Managing for Results--Congress passed the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) to encourage federal agencies to set strategic goals and better measure performance. In testimony, GAO reports that changes anticipated by GPRA will not come quickly or easily and that strong and sustained congressional attention to implementation of the new law is critical to its success. (Page 13).

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