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NCJ Number: 65517 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: PROGRESS IN IMPROVING PROGRAM AND BUDGET INFORMATION FOR CONGRESSIONAL USE
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: US Comptroller General
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 44
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS COMPTROLLER GENERAL'S REPORT SUMMARIZES THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE (GAO'S) PROGRESS IN IMPROVING PROGRAM AND BUDGET INFORMATION FOR CONGRESSIONAL USE DURING 1978.
Abstract: BY LAW, THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL CONDUCTS A PROGRAM TO DEVELOP STANDARD TERMS AND CLASSIFICATION FOR FEDERAL FISCAL, BUDGETARY, AND PROGRAM-RELATED INFORMATION; IDENTIFIES CONGRESSIONAL NEEDS FOR SUCH INFORMATION; MONITORS RECURRING CONGRESSIONAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS; AND MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGES IN THESE REQUIREMENTS. GAO'S ANALYSES OF BUDGET CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES OVER 1978 COVERED A WIDE RANGE OF QUESTIONS IN SEVERAL REPORTS TO CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES. THESE INCLUDED TWO STUDIES OF EXECUTIVE BRANCH UNEXPANDED BALANCES OF BUDGET AUTHORITY AND SEVERAL STUDIES ADDRESSING FUNDING PROCEDURES AND THE RECORDING OF BUDGET AUTHORITY TO FEDERAL PROGRAMS. OTHER STUDIES ARE BEING CONDUCTED ON BUDGET CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES. GAO IS ALSO DEVELOPING STANDARD PROGRAM AND BUDGET DESCRIPTIONS AND CLASSIFICATIONS FOR USE BY FEDERAL AGENCIES IN REPORTING FISCAL, BUDGETARY, AND PROGRAM-RELATED INFORMATION. IN IDENTIFYING INFORMATION NEEDS, GAO'S WORK HAS BEEN AIMED AT ASSISTING BOTH THE CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZING AND APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES. THIS INCLUDED ASSISTANCE TO 15 AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES CONCERNING THEIR 'VIEWS AND ESTIMATES' REPORTS TO THE RESPECTIVE BUDGET COMMITTEES. GAO ALSO CONTINUED TO UPDATE DATA BASE FOR USE IN MONITORING CONGRESSIONAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, TO RESPOND TO CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRIES AND TO DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REPORT ELIMINATION OR MODIFICATION. THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OVER THE YEAR TOOK SEVERAL STEPS TO IMPROVE ITS REPORTING OF FISCAL, BUDGETARY, AND PROGRAM INFORMATION INCLUDING A REVISED STRUCTURE OF BUDGET FUNCTION; A PRESENTATION OF MATERIAL ON NATIONAL NEEDS, AGENCY MISSIONS, AND BASIC PROGRAMS AND A CLASSIFICATION OF FEDERAL TAX EXPENDITURE INFORMATION BY BUDGET FUNCTION. HOWEVER, FURTHER EXECUTIVE BRANCH COOPERATION WILL BE NECESSARY IF CERTAIN GAO PROPOSALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ARE TO BE FULLY IMPLEMENTED. (MJW)
Index Term(s): Budgets; Congressional information; Financial management; Funding guidelines; Governmental planning; Program monitoring; US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Note: THERE IS A CHARGE FOR MORE THAN ONE COPY. REPORT TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES BY THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL.
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