DOCUMFNT RESUME 03105 - A22733771 rFourteenth and Fifteen+h Special Presidential Messages for Fiscal Year 19771. OGC-77-26; B-115398. August 5, 1977. 1 pp. + enclosure (3 pp.). Report to the Congress; by Elmer B. Staats, Comptroller General. Contact: Office of the General Counsel: Special Studies and Analvsis. Budget Function: iscellaneous: Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (1005). Organization Concerned: Department of Defense; General Services Administration. Congressional Relevance: Congress, Authority: Impoundment Control Act of 1974. The President's 14th special message for fiscal year 1977 transmitted to the Congress pursuant to the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 proposed two rescissions, $21.09 million concerning the foreign military credit sales program and $75 million concerning the General Services Administration's GSA's) Federal Buildings Fund. This message also proposed the deferral of 12.465 million in budqet authority that had been provided to the Department of Defense (DOD) for military personnel and operation and maintenance activities. The 15th special message proposed two rescissions, one involving DOD procurement funds of S462 millin resulting from the President's decision to terminate the B-1 bomber program and a second of 1.4 million for the SPAM-B missile, Findings/Conclusions: The proposed rescission frr the Federal Buildings Fund is inconsistent with GS?': funding needs for alteration and repair projects. A recent GACO eview of GSA's management of space in Government-owned buildings concluded that one of the principal impediments to better use of GSA-managed buildings has been the shortage of alteration and repair funds. The review of GSA space management also isclosed examples of vacant or nderutilized Government buildings that GSA had not seriously considered as candidates for renovation in order to reduce leased space and new construction requiesents_ The information provided on the other rescissions and on the deferral is correct, and the actions being proposed have been clearly and accurately stated. (SC) 1.) t~COMIPTROLLER GENFRAL OF THE UNITED ST.ATS WAHINGTON. D.C. 20S August 5, 1977 '-4 PC B-115398 To the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives On July 19, 1977, we received copies of the President's 14th and 15th special messages for fiscal year 1977 that were transmitted to the Congress pursuant to the Impoundment Control Act of 1974. The 14th special message proposed two rescissions-- 21.059 million concerning the foreign military credit sales program, and $75 million concerning the General Services Administration's, Federal Buildings Fund; This message also proposed the deferral of $12.465 million in budget authority that had been provided to the Department of Defense for military personnel and operation and maintenance activties. The 15th special message proposed two rescissions: one involving DOD procurement funds of $462 million resulting from the President's decision to terminate the B-1 bomber program and a second of $1.4 million for the SRAM-B missile. Our comments on the impoundments proposed in the President's July 19, 1977, special messages are enclosed. Comptroller General of the United States Enclosure OGC-77-26 ENCLOSURE GAO COMMENTS ON THE PRESIDENT'S 14TH AND 15TH SPECIAL MESSAGES FOR FISCAL YEAR 1977 Based upon the current congressional calendar, the 45-day period of continuous session during which the funds proposed for rescission in these special messages may be withheld pend- ing congressional consideration of a rescission 411 will end October 4, 1977. 14TH SPECIAL MESSAGE: FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PRESIDENT R77-16 International Security Assistance Foreign Military Credit Sales, 1977 1171082 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE D77-62 Military Personnel, Army, Navy, and Air Force; Operation and Maintenance, Defense Agencies We conclude that the information provided in the rescission and deferral message is correct and that the actions being pro- posed have been clearly ad ccurately stated; GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION R77-17 Federal Buildings Fund 47X4542 We believe the proposed rescission is inconsistent with the General Services Administration's (GSA's) funding needs for alteration and repair projects. B-115398 We recently reviewed GSA's management of space in Government-owned buildings, including an analysis of GSA's requirements for alterations and repairs to improve the use of such buildings. Our review pointed out that one of the principal impediments to better use of GSA-managed buildings has been the shortage of alteration and repair fundr. In its fiscal year 1977 budget, for example, GSs proposed about $140;5 million for the alteration and M;ajor repair pro- gram, including about $57.6 million to improve space for build- ing use. Among the proposed projects submitted by 5 of GSA's 10 regions were many to renovate a total of about 1 .5 million square feet o Government space, estimated to cost about $30 million, which thoze regions estimated would save over $10 million a year paid to lease commercial space; The Office of Management and Budget reduced GSA's budget request for that total program to $60.7 million; According to GSA, only about $11 million of the fiscal year 1977 repair and alteration budget was ear- marked for renovating vacant space. Our review of GSA space management also disclosed examples of vacant or underutilized Government buildings that GSA had not seriously considered as candidates for renovation in order that it could relocate agencies from leased space or to reduce - 2 - B-115398 new construction requirements. Although GSA's fiscal year 1978 appropriation request h a substantial increase for the alteration and major repair rogram, GSA officials informed us that they plan to earmark only about $17 million to renovate space for agency use. In light of the fact that the Congress has been made explicitly aware of the severe backlog in GSA's buildings alteration and repair activities, the proposed rescission appears at variance with GSA's funding requirements for these activities. We intend to address these points in more detail in a report to the Congress that is currently in preparation, 15TH SPECIAL MESSAGE: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE R77-18 Aircraft Procurement, Air Force 577/93010 R77-19 Missile Procurement, Air Force 577/93020 We conclude that the information provided in these rescis- sions is correct and that the actions being proposed have been clearly and accurately stated. - 3
Fourteenth and Fifteenth Special Presidential Messages for Fiscal Year 1977
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1977-08-05.
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