Statement of Charles A. Bowsher Comptroller General of the United States Before the Legislative Branch Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee United State Senate on Budget Estimates For Fiscal Year 1986
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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I am pleased to discuss GAOs budget request for fiscal year 1986 The Justification of Estimates for that year, which you already have, describes our request in detail. In FY 1986 we are requesting 339.6 million to fund 5,250 staff years. This will provide funding for 150 staff years over those authorized in FY 1985. It is a step toward achieving the 5,500 staff year level which-- barring budgetary constraints--will permit us to properly fulfil GAOs total responsibilities. I am sensitive to the problems we face this year with the federal budget and I realize that there will need to be difficult decisions I made regarding the distribution of very limited resources available to the Legislative Branch. Even in light of this, I do not believe that it is inconsistent that GAO is requesting additional resources.
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