Multiyear Authorizations for Research and Development.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC PROGRAM ANALYSIS DIV
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The current emphasis on cuts in Federal spending and balanced budgets has made RD programs and activities extremely vulnerable to reductions in funding levels. This situation has forced congressional and executive decisionmakers to make increasingly difficult priority and trade-off decisions between competing programs. The current annual authorization process for RD has made this task even more difficult because congressional authorizing committees do not have enough time to investigate existing program objectives, new RD initiatives, and agency RD plans to deal with future issues. At the same time, these constraints have made it difficult for the executive branch to supply the program and planning information needed in authorization hearings.
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