District of Columbia:

Financial Crisis

T-AIMD-95-88: Published: Feb 22, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 1995.

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GAO discussed the District of Columbia's deteriorating financial situation. GAO noted that: (1) since 1991, the District's financial stability and cash position have steadily deteriorated; (2) Congress has enacted legislation to cap fiscal year (FY) 1995 expenditures, require a $140-million budget reduction, impose penalties for overspending, reduce the District's workforce, and require periodic financial and performance reports; (3) the District's required quarterly financial report was not sufficient to monitor the District's financial situation; (4) the District estimated that its FY 1995 annual budget and cash outlays could exceed a congressionally mandated cap by $722 million; (5) the District's FY 1994 budget shortfall was its largest annual budget deficit under home rule; (6) the District had to borrow $250 million months earlier than it expected; (7) in 1995, one financial investment service lowered the District's bond rating below investment grade; (8) although District officials have proposed to reduce spending by $224 million, it will need the federal government to cover the remaining $407 million; and (9) the District's plans to address its current financial situation do not include any major structural or management changes.

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