Managing Credit Programs in a Time of Federal Retrenchment

Exploring ways for federal agencies to leverage and effectively manage credit programs in an era of fewer resources and increased scrutiny.

There is over $3 Trillion in outstanding balances across 19 U.S. agencies that administer direct loans and loan guarantees. While federal credit outstanding continues to grow exponentially, federal funding for those loan programs is shrinking. This Whitepaper explores ways for federal agencies to leverage and effectively manage these credit programs in an era of fewer resources and increased scrutiny. Long term federal deficits are increasing budget pressures on federal programs, and especially spending on discretionary parts of the budget. Figure 1 presents an overview of projected federal revenues and outlays according to an April 2017 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report.

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