ERIC Number: ED265281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-17
Reference Count: 0
Federal Benefit Programs: A Profile. Study by the Staff of the U.S. General Accounting Office.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
This document profiles 150 Federal benefit programs that provide cash on noncash assistance to persons demonstrating need or who qualify for benefits as a result of either contributions made by them or on their behalf or military service. These programs spent more than $400 billion in Federal tax dollars in fiscal year 1983, excluding administrative costs, or about 49% of the United States budget. Estimates for these programs for fiscal year 1986 are nearly $450 billion. The document identifies 150 programs, and for 91 selected programs, it (1) provides financial and other related data; (2) describes their purposes, who is eligible for them, and the benefits available; and (3) identifies the Federal agencies that administer them and the congressional committees that oversee them. These programs come under the income security function of the Federal government. They help meet the needs of people by insuring against loss of income resulting from retirement, disability, death, or unemployment of a wage earner, and by assisting the truly needy who are unable to provide for themselves. (CG)
Descriptors: Eligibility, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Program Administration, Program Costs, Program Descriptions, Social Services, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
U.S. General Accounting Office, Document Handling and Information Services Facility, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (First five copies free; additional copies $3.25 each).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.