Federal Benefit Programs: A Profile.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV
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This documenmt profiles 150 federal benefit programs that provide cash or noncash assistance to persons demonstrating need or who qualify for benefits as a result of either 1 contributions made by them or on their behalf or 2 military service. These programs spent more than 400 billion in federal tax dollars in fiscal year 1973, excluding administrative costs, or about 49 percent of the United States Budget. Estimates of these programs for fiscal year 1986 are nearly 450 billion. As a profile, the documnt identifies the 150 programs, and for 91 selected programs, it 1 provides financial and other related data 2 describes their purposes, who is eligible for them, and the benefits available and 3 identifies the federal agencies that administer them and the congressional committees that oversee them. GAO believes this document will be useful to the Congress, the Executive Branch, state governments, and te general public. It demonstrates the extensiveness and magnitude of federal benefit programs that affect the lives of most Americans.
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