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Fourteenth and Fifteenth Special Presidential Messages for Fiscal Year 1977

Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1977-08-05.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

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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

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           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.
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     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



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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.




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