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Making Tough Budget Choices to Create A

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GAO-08-604CG
Making Tough Budget Choices to Create a Better Future 
The Honorable David M. WalkerComptroller General of the UnitedStatesNational Defense UniversityIndustrial College of the Armed ForcesFt. McNair, Washington, D.C.March 12, 2008
 
GAO-08-604CG
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The Case for Change
The federal government is on a “burningplatform,” and the status quo way of doingbusiness is unacceptable for a variety ofreasons, including:
Past fiscal trends and significant long-range challengesSelected trends and challenges having no boundariesAdditional resource demands due to Iraq, Afghanistan,incremental homeland security needs, and recent naturaldisasters in the United StatesNumerous government performance/accountability and high riskchallengesOutdated federal organizational structures, policies, and practicesRising public expectations for demonstrable results and enhancedresponsiveness
 
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Composition of Federal Spending
21%10%14%27%28%
2%7%14%32%45%9%29%21%21%20%
196719872007
DefenseSocial SecurityNet interestMedicare & MedicaidAll other spending
Source: GAO analysis of data from the Office of Management and Budget.

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