DOCUBENT BESUSE 00143 - [A1051839] (Restricted) [Grant Funds to BEisenhower College]. GGD-77-47; B-114877. Barch 30, 1977. 3 pp. Report to RBep. Henry S. Reuss, Chairman, Bouse Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs; by Elmer 3. Staats, comptrcller General. Issue Area: Bducation, Training, a&4 BEployment Programs (1100). contact: General Government Div. Budget Function: General Government: Cther Graneral Governaent (806). organization Concerned: Department of the reasuory; Eisenhower College, Seneca Falls, IT. Congressional Relevance: House Committee on Banking, ,nance and Urban Affairs. Authority: Bank Holding Act Aw adnents of 1S70 (f.L. 93-041). Suoplemental Appropriations act of 1975. Treasury, Postal Service, and Genbcal Government Appropriation Act. Bisenowver College was origfinally financed by the lover of either of $10 millio; .rom the U.S. Treasury or one tenth of all aoneys from the salt of '1 Eisenhower proof c.ins. A 1975 supplamental Appropriatiors Act appropriated $9 vi'lion, and a 1976 Act appropriated $i million. As of June 30, 19MC: the col'dge received $8. rmillion, which the college was free to use as it deemed appropriate. Findings/Conclusions: In a 1975 dA'iision, the GAO determined that the approfriations to Tisenhower College based on percentages from the sale of SI proof coins must be construed as having a meaningful effect. The college was expecting an additional $600,000 based on the difference between its share of the appropriation and the amount received. It was reported that the $600,000 would not be available because of insufficient Eisenhower dollar sales, but Treasury decided that sales of about 2.3 million bicentennial proof sets were sofficient to fully fund the grant. As with buliness ventures, the ability of the college to be self-sr porting will depend on the demand for its product. The college recognizes the need for a larger enrollment and is recruiting new students. Applicationj for the 1977-78 school year are up about 75S from the previous year. (RAS) CMPTROLLR @49rNA lOp Twe u~fl'D E1TAI 0tIMlCTEO - -- t to be released outside the Oeeral ~~L-14877 L~A£ceoutmt, Office except on the basi of specall pproval by the Office of Ceonresaleal IelatheW% The Honorable Henry S. Reuss MAf 30 7J77 Chairman, Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs House of Representatives Dear Mr. Chairm.n: As requested in your November 9, 1976, letter, we have looked into the questions'raised by Congresswoman Sullivan concerning Federal grants to Eisenhower College. As the Congresswoman indicated, many of her comments were based on data we supplied at her request in our Octo- ber 29, 1976, report. Congresswoman Sullivan's concerns can be grouped into four broad categories: (1) how the college spent the funds and if they were spent according to congressional intent, (2) why funds were given to the college based on sales of bicentennial proof sets when the authoriz- ing law specified that the basis would be sales of single Eisenhower proof dollars, (3) will thi $600,000 in unexpended but authorized grant funds be given to the college, and (4) can the college continue without additional funding from the Congress. As- you know, Public Law 93-441 (Oct. 11, 1974) amended the Bank Holding Act Amendments of 1970 and authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to transfer to the college the clower of either $10 million or one-tenth of all moneys from zhe sale of $1 Eisenhower proof coins. The act provided for the college to transfer 10 percent of funds received to the Samuel-Rayburn Library. The Supplemental Appropriations Act of 1975 appropriated $9 million, and the Treasury, Postal Serv- ice, and General Government Appropriations Act of 1976 appro- priated $1 million. BOW FUNDS WERE SPEINT As we stated in our report to Congresswoman Sullivan, the college, as of June 30, 1976. received $8.4 million of the $9 million author i:: i by Public Law 93-441. In request- ing the grant the college presented a plan indicating that the funds would be used mostly for capital improvements; however, the law did not specify or establish guidelines concerning how the funds were to be spent. Therefore, the college was free to use the funds as it deemed appropriate. GGD-77-47 9-114877 we reported that the college used the 58.4 million as follows: $3.5 million for investments, S2.3 million for operating expenses, and $2.6 million for capital projects. The $2.3 million for operating expenses and $600,000 used for capital projects were intermingled with other funds. Therefore, identity of the funds has been lost and a break- down of how thoy were spent in more detail than we reported is not available. GRANT BASED ON SALES OF BICENTENNIAL PROOF SETS Congresswoman Sullivan questioned the propriety of the grants being based on sales of the bicentennial prr of sets when the law specified that the grants were to be based on sales of the single Eisenhower proof dollar. The bicenten- nial set consisted of three coins including an Eisenhower proof dollar. This dollar has a bicentennial theme Cesign on the reverse in place of the original Apollo 11 design. Because of the change in designof the Eisenhower proof dollar for 1975 and because the dollar would only be sold in the bicentennial set, the Treasury Department requested the Comptroller General to determine whether the bicentennial set qualified under the law as a bas.s for giving funds to the college. In a November 11, 1975, decision (B-114877), we said that the 1976 appropriation to Eisenhower College based on percentages of proceeds from the sale of $1 proof coins bear- ing the Eisenhower likeness must be construed as having mean- ingful effect. Since the only proceeds during the availability period of this appropriation were from sales of the $1 proof coins taaring the bicentennial design on the reverse side rather than the Apollo 11 design originally provided for in Public Law 93-441, such proceeds may be used for payments to the college. UNEXPENDED GRANT FUNDS As of June 30, 1976, the college had received $8.4 mil- lion--$7.5 million in fiscal year 1975 and $900,000 in fiscal year 1976. The first amount was based on the sales of the single Eisenhower proof dollar: the latter on sales of the bicentennial set. The college was expecting an additional $600,000 based on the difference between its share ($8.1 ;'1- lion) of the 1975 appropriation and the amount received ($7.5 million). 2 8-114877 We reported to Congresswoman Sulliven that the remaining $600,000 would not be given to the college because the Treasury reported insufficient Eisenhower dollar sales in fiscal year 1975, and although sales since then provided adequate funds to cover the difference between the amount appropriated and the amount paid, the 1975 appropriation authority had expired. We also told this to the college. The college requested Trea- sury to review its records to verify that the funds could not be paid. Treasury reviewed its records and found that the Bureau of the Mint, as of June 30, 197)5, had accepted payments for about 2.3 million bicentennial proof sets, but because the sets were not delivered until fiscal 1976, the proceeds f:om the sales were not recorded as available for funding the Eisenhower College grant. Treasury decided that these sales belonged in fiscal- year 1975 and were sufficient to fully fund the grant. As a result, Treasury paid the college the $600,00 remaining in the 1975 appropriation. We reviewed Treasury's records and found that it ade- quately supported tnis decision. VIABILITY OF THE COLLEGE Another concern expressed by Congresswoman Sullivan waes whether the college will survive without the Government pro- vidlng further large grants .-. her than those normally avail-.. able to colleges. As with business ventures, the ability of the college to be self-supporting will depend on the demand for its product. There seems little doubt that the college must boost enrollment. The college recognizes this and is recruiting new students. It reports that applications for the 1977-78 schcol year are up about 75 percent from t1e previous year. * * * * 0 In accordance with your instructions, we have not ob- tained Treasury's comments on this report. Sin ly yours Comptroller General of the United States 3
Grant Funds to Eisenhower College
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1977-03-30.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)