GAO Comments Concerning the Senate Rules Committee Report on Sunset Zero-Base Review Legislation

PAD-77-28: Published: Dec 23, 1976. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 1976.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Comments are made on a committee report concerning the Government Economy and Spending Reform Act of 1976. The report is viewed as an excellent summary of issues and problems to be resolved in developing zero-base review and sunset processes for federal programs.

Six basic requirements are identified to ensure effective reevaluation of federal policies and activities: (1) establishment of a realistic and generally acceptable schedule for reviewing programs; (2) assurance of universal coverage of the review process; (3) establishment of an agreed-upon list of federal programs; (4) matching review objectives with review capabilities; (5) integration of sunset reviews with the Congressional and Executive budget process; and (6) establishment of a procedure for central coordination and control of the review process. Sunset zero-base review legislation could cause substantial impacts on state and local governments, primarily in those programs providing assistance to state and local governments.

Dec 15, 2020

Oct 7, 2020

Sep 23, 2020

Jan 23, 2020

Dec 19, 2019

  • budget icon, source: GAO

    State and Local Governments' Fiscal Outlook:

    2019 Update
    GAO-20-269SP: Published: Dec 19, 2019. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2019.

Nov 14, 2019

Oct 16, 2019

Jun 26, 2019

Apr 10, 2019

Mar 27, 2019

Looking for more? Browse all our products here