Trends Affecting Government and Society   [open pdf - 7MB]

From the Foreword: "The continuation of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic into 2022 has created new and unexpected challenges across domestic and global issue areas. The pandemic brought about such challenges and changes to nearly every sector in the United States, from health care to education to defense, to name a few. [...] Through environmental scanning and analysis, GAO [Government Accountability Office] has identified 12 key trends the agency anticipates will affect the domestic and global context for years to come. To identify these 12 trends that reflect the breadth and scope of GAO's work across the federal government, GAO's subject matter experts conducted research across a range of domains. These observations point to the uncertainties and implications of various trends over the near term (five years) and longer term (10-15 years). The trends are not designed to predict the future; rather they help GAO and our stakeholders understand possible implications. By exploring these trends, key uncertainties, and their possible implications, GAO can better be prepared to respond to the national issues of greatest concern to the Congress and the American people in the years ahead. With these 12 trends, GAO's Center for Strategic Foresight aims to ensure that GAO is prepared to assist the Congress as it addresses evolving challenges and seeks innovative solutions. GAO will continue producing work that elaborates on the trends through the span of our 2022-2027 Strategic Plan. The Center for Strategic Foresight will maintain focus on its ongoing environmental scanning systems and trend analysis capabilities, to ensure that GAO remains agile and responsive in its mission to serve Congress and the American people."

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