The Government Accountability Office wants to see better descriptions and more cost and expected performance information on the Internal Revenue Service’s new initiatives in the agency’s future budget submissions.The IRS’s budget request for 2008 includes a spending increase of almost 5 percent, to $11.6 billion, and the GAO noted that the agency’s budget proposes shifting a greater proportion of spending to enforcement, continuing a trend.

But the GAO said that justifications for the new initiatives varied too much, lacking significant information in some cases. For example, an initiative for improving compliance estimates provided no information on how the budget, staff requests, or specific work to accomplished, had been determined.

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