DJCURENT RNSUtER - t 04015 - (83014288 fComments on Forty-Tvo Proposed Deferrals of BuudgeAuthc rity Contained in th.e President's Second Special Message for Fiscal Year 1978]. OGC-78-1; B-115398. October 2., 1977. 1 pp. + enclosure (5 pp.). *: Rieport to the Congress; by Paul G. Derkling, Acting Ccuptrcller Generai. Contact: Office of the General Counsel. budqet Function: Miscellaneous: Impoundment Controlt Act of 1974 -... (1005). Organization Concerned: Department of the Interior* Department ... of ;he Treasury; Depactaent of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; Department of Justzicart, parftent of Transportation; Energy Research and Development - Administration; FedeLal Aviation Administration; Foreign claims Settlement Commission of the United States. Conqressional Relevance: Congress. -: Authcrity: Impoundment Control Act of 1974. :- u'--~' The Pre.sident's second special message to congress for fiscal eadr 1978 contained 42 deferral proposals---&tecting a total of $1,480,612,000 in budget-authcrity. Information provided in the defercal proposals for the following agencies is::- correct, and the actions being proposed in these cases have been clearly and accurately stated: the Department of Agriculture; the Department ot Commerce; the Department of refense; the kepartment of Health, Education, and Welfare; the Department of the Interior; the Department of Justice; the Cepartuent cf the Ireasuy:; the General Services Administration; the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission; the Interstate Ccmmerce Commission; the U.S. Information Ageucy; mnd the United States Railwdy Association. Findings/Conclusions: The deferral message states that the expiration date for all of tle' deferred multiple-year budget authority for the U.S. Ccast Guard is September 30, 1980, altnough the expiration date for $47,000 of thie deferred funds is September 30, 1979. Review ot the deferral for the operating expenses of the Plenui Fill Experiment under the Enerqy Research and Development Administretion (ERDA) established that the amount deferred is $2.3 ._lion instead of the $1.5 million stated in the message. The deferral message stated that the effects ot the deferral of tae budget authcrity for EBRA' s Intense Neutron Source Facility plant and capital equiperlnt on total project costs and project completion date could not be deterained pending resclution of the project tundinq. This deferral could result in a delay of "cm 6 tc 9 months and an increase in the total Ercgram cost of about SI million. (SC) COMPTROLLER GEZNRAL OF THE UNITED STATES WASHINGTON, ca.c. an INKY- RIIqtRTO: B-115398 Oct. 21, 1977 'o the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives On October 3, 1977, we received copies of the President's second special message for fiscal year 1977 that was transmitted to the Congress pursuant to the Impoundment Control Act of 1974. The special message includes 42 deferral proposals affecting a total of $1,480,612,000 in budget authority. Our comments on the information submitted in the special message of October 3, 1977, are enclosed. Acting Comptroller General of the United States Enclosure OGC -78-1 ENCLOSURE GAO COMMENTS ON THE PRESIDENT'S SECOND SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR FISCAL YEAR 1978 Except as noted below, we conclude that the information provided in the ':ew deferral proposals is correct and that the actions being proposed have been clearly and accurately stated. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE D78-1 Foreign Agricultural Service Salaries and Expenses Special Foreign Currency Program 12X2901 D78-2 Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service Commodity Credit Corporation Administrative Experse, 1978 1284335 D78-3 Forest Service Expenses, Brush Disposal 12X5206 D78-4 Forest Service Licensee Programs 12X5214 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE D78-5 Economic Development Administration Local Public Works Program 137/92052 D78-6 Economic Development Administration Financial and Technical Assistance 13X1210 D78-7 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Operations, Research and Facilities 13X1450 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY D78-26 Office of the Secretary Antirecession Financial Assistance Fund 207/80108 D78-27 Office of the Secretary State and Local Government Fiscal Assistance Trust Fund 20X8111 D78-28 Office of the Secretary State and Local Government Fiscal Assistance Trust Fund 20X8111 D78-29 Bureau of the Mint Construction of Mint Facilities 20X1617 ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION D78-30 Operating expenses (Gas Cooled Reactors) 89X0100 D78-31 Operating Expenses (Plenum Fill Experiment) Our review of the above deferral establishes that the amount defeL.ed is $2.3 million instead of the $1.5 million stated in the message. D78-32 Plant and Capital Equipment (Clean Boiler Fuel from Coal Project) 89X0103 D78-33 Plant and Capital Equipment (Fusion Material Test Facility) 89X0103 D78-34 Plant and Capital Equipment (Intense Neutron Source Facility) 89X0103 The above deferral message states that the effects of deferral on total project costs and the project completion the date cannot be determined pending resolution of the project - 4 - funding. The project engineer and officials at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory told us that the deferral could result in a delay of about 6 to 9 months and an increase in the total program cost of about $1 million. D78-35 Plant and Capital Equipment (Intersecting Storage Ring Accelerator) 89XG103 D78-36 :lant and Capital Equipment (Molten Salt Breeder Reactor Project) 89X0103 GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION D78-37 Rare Silver Dollar Program 47X0701 D78-38 Federal Preparedness Agency State and Local Preparedness 47X0618 FOREIGN CLAIMS SETTLEMENT COMMISSION D78-39 Payment of Vietnam Prisoner of War Clainms 79X01C4 INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION D78-40 Directed Rail Service 30X0103 U.S. INFORMATION AGENCY D78-41 Salaries and Expenses (Special Foreign Currency Program) 67X0103 UNITED STATES RAILWAY ASSOCIATION D78-42 Payments for Purchase of Conrail Securities 98X0111
Comments on Forty-Two Proposed Deferrals of Budget Authority Contained in the President's Second Special Message for Fiscal Year 1978
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1977-10-21.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)