Status Report on the Administration's Actions and Proposals for Budgetary Savings in Fiscal Years 1982-83

PAD-83-9: Published: Jan 3, 1983. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 1983.

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GAO provided an update to a previous report in response to a request for continuing status reports on efforts to achieve budgetary savings.

With regard to fiscal year (FY) 1982 savings, GAO covered actions on the following administrative practices: (1) delinquent accounts and loans receivable; (2) unpaid taxes; (3) unresolved audit findings; (4) paperwork reduction; (5) defense logistical economies; (6) defense multiyear contracting; (7) full cost recovery of foreign military sales; (8) workforce cost controls; (9) general procurement and property management; and (10) replacement of obsolete computers. GAO found that the administration took the position that the amounts for attainable savings had already been included in the budget for many of these items and that saving for the others were not attainable in FY 1982. The FY 1983 budget included savings proposals that the administration projects will accrue as a result of the following management initiatives: (1) prevention of fraud, waste and abuse; (2) debt collection; (3) Federal employment reduction; (4) Federal property disposition; (5) accelerated outer continental shelf leasing; (6) Federal pay restraint; (7) improved asset sale management; (8) revised Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance payments; and (9) improved tax collection and enforcement. The initiatives for prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse; debt collection; and improved tax collection are a continuation and expansion of efforts initiated in FY 1982. The other initiatives are new saving proposals.

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