Deficit Reduction:

Opportunities to Address Long-Standing Government Performance Issues

T-OCG-95-6: Published: Sep 13, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1995.

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GAO discussed the need to reduce the federal budget deficit. GAO noted that: (1) the government must continue to focus on reducing and eliminating the deficit, so future generations will not face a declining standard of living; (2) budget cuts should be targeted to programs and operations that have proven to be ineffective in achieving their goals; (3) the growing areas of the federal budget, such as health care, social security, and defense, should be confronted in addressing the deficit to ensure sustainable fiscal progress; and (4) developing and using fundamental management tools and systems and improving program design and evaluation could make the government gain the confidence of taxpayers and improve its overall effectiveness.

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    State and Local Governments' Fiscal Outlook:

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

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