Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Request:
U.S. General Accounting Office
T-OCG-00-1, Feb 1, 2000
GAO discussed its fiscal year (FY) 2001 budget request.
GAO noted that: (1) for FY 2001, GAO is requesting $402.9 million in budget authority to permit it to maintain current operations while GAO continues to realign the organization to better serve Congress; (2) GAO's funding level increase will provide for: (a) mandatory pay and benefits costs resulting primarily from federal cost-of-living and locality pay adjustments, increased participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System, and an increase in the estimated number of retirees; and (b) uncontrollable price-level increases in transportation, lodging, printing, supplies, contracts, and other essential mission services; (3) GAO also plans to continue the initiatives GAO began in FY 2000 to restructure the agency to support its goals of improving service to Congress; (4) these initiatives include realigning organizations to increase its flexibility and support broader, more diverse advances to maximize its responsiveness to congressional needs; (5) the requested increase for these changes includes funding for: (a) GAO performance awards and recognition program; (b) organizational, behavioral, and technological training; (c) reengineering GAO's non-evaluator performance appraisal system; and (d) upgrading network software used to carry out GAO's work processes; (6) GAO is requesting authority to use anticipated revenue from audit work at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and rental income from GAO's future building tenant, the Army Corps of Engineers, to continue asbestos removal and offset building renovations and maintenance costs; and (7) due to diminished value over the last 10 years, GAO is seeking a nominal increase in the amount authorized for representation expenses of the Comptroller General to adjust for inflation and accommodate a higher volume of strategic planning and engagement execution meetings with heads of audit agencies from other countries.