Chairman Ryan Statement at Hearing on GAO's FY 2020 Budget Request
Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), Chair of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, delivered the following remarks at the Subcommittee's hearing on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) FY 2020 budget request:
I’m pleased to bring this meeting of the subcommittee to order. Today we have two hearings: first, the Government Accountability Office at 10am, and second, the Government Publishing Office at 11am.
We’re pleased to welcome Mr. Gene Dodaro, the esteemed Comptroller General of the United States, along with his team, to testify on the fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Government Accountability Office. Congress needs your agency’s neutral expertise these days more than ever – with the complexity of Federal programs and tax policy threatening to overwhelm Congress’s capacity to perform adequate oversight. We know we sometime overtax you with our constant requests for reports, but GAO and the agency IGs are really our principal sources of analysis that are needed for responsible policy-making.
Your budget request is an ambitious $58 million increase, or almost 10 percent, above your FY2019 level. We’ll have to hope that we receive a healthy enough 302(b) allocation to be able to address it.
Mr. Dodaro, before we ask you to proceed with a summary of your written statement, I’d like to ask our ranking Member, Ms. Herrera Beutler, if she has any opening remarks she would care to make.
Mr. Dodaro, please proceed with your statement.