Supporting Congress for the 21st Century

T-OCG-00-10: Published: Jul 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2000.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed four strategic goals for how it plans to support Congress in dealing with many complex issues and the challenges of government for the 21st Century.

GAO noted that: (1) to provide timely, quality service to Congress and the federal government and to address current and emerging challenges to the well-being and financial security of the American people, GAO will focus significant resources on: (a) researching possible options to meet the health care needs of an aging and diverse population; (b) examining ways to ensure a secure retirement for older Americans; (c) reviewing the social safety net for Americans in need; (d) supporting efforts to provide for an educated citizenry and a productive workforce; (e) helping Congress strengthen a system of justice that is effective in controlling crime, illegal drug use, and illegal immigration; (f) providing analysis and other support concerning the effectiveness of investments in communities and economic development; and (g) researching ways to increase responsible stewardship of natural resources and the environment; (2) to provide timely, quality service to Congress and the federal government and to respond to changing threats to national security and the challenges of global interdependence, GAO will focus significant resources on: (a) helping Congress respond to diffuse threats to national and global security; (b) providing analysis and other support to ensure military capabilities and readiness; (c) supporting efforts to advance and protect U.S. international interests; and (d) reviewing ways to recognize and respond to the impact of global market forces on U.S. economic and security interests; (3) to support the transition to a more results-oriented and accountable federal government, GAO will focus on: (a) analyzing the federal government's fiscal position; (b) examining ways to strengthen approaches for financing the government and determining accountability for the use of taxpayer dollars; (c) facilitating governmentwide management and institutional reforms needed to build and sustain high-performing organizations and more effective government; and (d) recommending economy, efficiency, and effectiveness improvements in federal agency programs; and (4) to maximize its value by being a model organization for the federal government, GAO will focus on: (a) implementing a model strategic and annual planning and reporting process; (b) aligning human capital policies and practices to support the agency's mission; (c) cultivating and fostering effective congressional and agency relations; (d) developing efficient and responsive business processes; and (e) building an integrated and reliable information technology infrastructure.

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