Fiscal Year 1998 Budget Estimates for the U.S. General Accounting Office

T-OCG-97-1: Published: Feb 11, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 1997.

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GAO discussed its fiscal year 1998 budget request of $368,828,000 to support its staff of 3,500 people and a full-time equivalent staff level of 3,450.

GAO noted that: (1) the increase included in its budget request is for mandatory pay and benefits increases, price-level increases to cover the higher costs of transportation, printing, supplies, personnel services, and other essential mission support goods and services, pay-related costs for promotions and employee recognition, which GAO has foregone in recent years, information technology upgrades, and maintenance and repair of GAO's headquarters building; (2) mandatory pay and benefit increases are the most important piece of its request; (3) without the funding to cover uncontrollable costs such as locality pay, cost of living, and personnel benefits incentives, GAO will have to reduce its staff level even further; (4) funding for promotions and employee recognition will help GAO to retain and recruit the talent needed to continue GAO support of Congress; and (5) if GAO is to maintain its long tradition of service to Congress, it needs the resources necessary to maintain a strong and effective organization.

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