The GAO could operate through fiscal 2012 if its budget remains flat, according to a report the GAO released this week. But cuts will pose challenges, especially with the increased workload stemming from the GAO’s expanded role of auditing the Federal Reserve.
The Government Printing Office also may be a target for cuts. The House passed a bill last month that would roll back one of the office’s daily printing jobs: delivering at least five hard copies of each bill to the legislation’s sponsor and co-sponsors and to the committees of jurisdiction. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a companion bill in the Senate last month.
“GPO is working with Congress to ensure their information product and service requirements are fulfilled and to meet the funding goals they have set,” GPO spokesman Gary Somerset said Thursday.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.