GAO Glossary of Terms and Definitions (September 2005)

Debt Service

Payment of interest on, and repayment of principal on, borrowed funds. The term may also be used to refer to payment of interest alone. (See also Means of Financing.) As used in the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) Budget and Economic Outlook, debt service refers to a change in interest payments resulting from a change in estimates of the surplus or the deficit.

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Debt, Federal


Deeming Resolution