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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.