The current MP-5 comes seventeen years after the previous Government Transactions methodology paper, which was published in November 1988. It reflects improved estimation methodologies and it provides descriptions of new and better source data that are used to prepare estimates of government transactions. Most revisions to the sources and methods used to prepare estimates of government transactions presented in this revised MP-5 were described initially in articles that discussed comprehensive and annual NIPA revisions in BEA’s monthly journal, the Survey of Current Business.

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