Accession Number : ADA333319

Title :   Federal User Fees: Budgetary Treatment, Status, and Emerging Management Issues

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC ACCOUNTING AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT DIV

PDF Url : ADA333319

Report Date : DEC 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : Given the scope and variety of federal activities, the federal budget is inevitably complex. This is particularly seen in the federal budgetary treatment of receipts. The 1967 President's Commission on Budget Concepts recommended a dual system of accounting for federal receipts. The Commission recommended that receipts from activities which were essentially governmental in nature, including regulation and general taxation, be reported as receipts, and that receipts from business type activities "offset to the expenditures to which they relate." The Commission recommended this system so that budget totals could present a clear picture of the extent of governmental activity. In practice, however, the distinction was never sharp as evidenced by the fact that revenue from business-type transactions, termed 'offsetting collections,' are not made available to agencies in the same way.

Descriptors :   *FEDERAL BUDGETS, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, COST ANALYSIS, COST ESTIMATES.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE