Progress in Improving Fiscal, Budgetary, and Program-Related Information for the Congress
PAD-76-64: Published: Aug 30, 1976. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 1976.
- Full Report:
This is the third annual report by GAO on the continuing program to improve fiscal, budgetary, and program-related information for Congress as required by the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
The work by GAO in fulfilling the Act's requirements includes assistance to appropriations and authorizing committees. The scope of the work has varied; much of it has been in response to specific committee requests. Assistance provided to the authorizing committees has included: (1) specifying and obtaining information needed to support the committees' preparation of the next views and estimates reports; and (2) broader assistance in developing overall information needs. GAO is continuing to work with the appropriations committees to prepare information requirements documents that identify and discuss the need for information about appropriation and fund accounts or account groups. In addition, GAO is working to develop, establish, maintain, and publish standard terminology, definitions, classifications, and codes for Federal fiscal, budgetary, and program-related data and information. Efforts are summarized related to publishing a series of directories which reflect an inventory of program-related information. Much amprovement is needed in existing information and its presentation to Congress.