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Trends Affecting Government and Society

GAO-22-3SP Published: Mar 15, 2022. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2022.
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We publish a strategic plan every 4 years to guide our work as we help lawmakers oversee federal operations.

The latest plan includes 12 papers on trends that will likely affect government and society in the next 5 to 15 years—including science and technology in an innovation economy, global supply chains, racial and ethnic disparities, and national security threats.

To identify these trends, we consulted with internal and external experts, including fellows from our Center for Strategic Foresight.

The strategic plan also includes our key efforts (near-term priorities for informing Congress on important issues).

Trends Affecting Government and Society, GAO Strategic Plan 2022-2027

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Trends Affecting Government and Society provide the strategic context for GAO's Strategic Plan highlighting 12 trends with likely effects on government and society.

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