TheÂ Government Accountability Office has asked Congress for $618.2 million to fund operations at theÂ federal watchdog agencyÂ in fiscal 2018.
GAO said Wednesday the funds would help the agency maintain a staffing level of 3,100 full-time employees to address the agency’s need for increased attention in areas such asÂ improper government payments,Â tax gap and the impact of rapid science and technology development onÂ policy.
The agency added it plans toÂ offset spending with $27.5 million in reimbursements fromÂ rental income and program and financial audits, which will lead toÂ a net budget request of $590.7 million.
GAO’s efforts inÂ FY 2016 resulted to approximately $63 billion in financial benefits to the federal government as well as more than 2,071 recommendations that led toÂ 1,234 program and operational updates across the government, the report noted.
The agency also published 697 reports and responded to requests from 95 percent of Congress’ standing full committees in FY 2016.