Implementing FY 1986 Reductions:

Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985

OCG-86-3: Published: Jun 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1986.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed several agencies' implementation of program changes required under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, specifically: (1) the application of exemptions and special rules set forth in sections 255 and 256; (2) the pattern of reductions in certain grant programs to states; and (3) how agencies achieved reductions in those entitlement programs without special rules.

GAO found that: (1) no significant problem existed in the implementation of the President's order with respect to the special rules contained in section 256; (2) two pending suits challenged the way that the order dealt with section 255 provisions in applying them only to the indexed benefit within each account and treating non-indexed items as sequesterable; (3) reductions in grant programs and those in most of the entitlement programs were in accordance with the act, did not alter budget priorities, and did not extinguish any entitlements; (4) allocation of states' reductions varied from program to program, depending upon the funds distribution formula; (5) sequestration had varying effects on payments from entitlement accounts, depending on the amount used as a base for the sequestration calculation and the most recent estimate of the amount needed to fully finance the entitlement; and (6) achieving the reductions by serving applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until funds were exhausted was not in violation of the act.

Jun 28, 2018

Jun 21, 2018

Apr 3, 2018

Feb 6, 2018

Oct 12, 2017

Oct 2, 2017

  • budget icon, source: GAO

    U.S. Territories:

    Public Debt Outlook
    GAO-18-160: Published: Oct 2, 2017. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 2017.

Sep 20, 2017

May 3, 2017

Jan 18, 2017

Jan 17, 2017

Looking for more? Browse all our products here