Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request: US Government Accountability Office
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GAO FY2023 proposal and priorities
GAO is requesting $810.3 million for fiscal year 2023, an increase of $91.1 million (12.7 percent) from the enacted level for fiscal year 2022. GAO is also requiring the use of 61 $.0 million in compensation and additional funding. With this budget proposal, we plan to reach and maintain 3,500 full-time equivalents (FTE) in the 2023 financial year.
The $810.3 earmarked funds request includes $25 million in no-year funds to meet congressional guidelines and requests for oversight of federal infrastructure spending contained in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Overall, the resources granted to GAO in the FY2023 budget proposal will enable GAO to further enhance our capabilities to review the opportunities and challenges associated with rapidly evolving science and technology issues; complex and growing cybersecurity developments, increasingly complex national security issues and the resurgence of long-term, strategic competition; and rising healthcare costs.
The fiscal year 2023 budget request also prioritizes GAO’s multi-year efforts to ensure we stay ahead of the 21st growing cybersecurity threats to US assets. Finally, this request continues to support long-deferred infrastructure maintenance requests as our workforce returns to the workplace.
GAO’s key results for fiscal year 2021
GAO documented $66.2 billion in financial benefits and over 1,200 program and operational benefits in fiscal 2021. GAO issued 578 reports and more than 500 legal decisions, and made 1,602 recommendations for improving governance. GAO also testified on at least one occasion before 45 separate committees or subcommittees on a variety of issues.
Congress continues to use the work of GAO to underpin its legislative decisions. For example, recently enacted legislation such as the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2021, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act have provided more than 50 guidance for agencies to implement our recommendations or take action based on recommendations or to seize knowledge. Most recently, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2022 contained over 25 guidelines that would guide agency action based on GAO’s recommendations.
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