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Impoundments: Comments on Proposed Rescissions and Deferrals of Fiscal Year 1997 Energy, Defense, Justice, and Agriculture Funds

Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1997-04-08.

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

Comptroller   General
of the United States
Washington, D.C. 20548




B-276228
B-276228.2

 April   8, 1997


To the President of the Senate and the
Speaker of the House of Representatives

On February 10, 1997, the President submitted to the Congress his second special
impoundment message for fiscal year 1997. The message reports nine proposed
rescissions and one revised deferral of budget authority number D97-7A.’ On
March 19, 1997, the President submitted to the Congress his third special
imp’oundment message for fiscal year 1997. The message reports one proposed
rescission of budget authority number R97-11. We have reviewed the proposed
rescissions and revised deferral contained in the second and third special messages
and found them to be in accordance with the Impoundment Control Act, 2 U.S.C.
0 681, et seq., as amended.

Enclosure I provides specific information with regard to the rescissions reported in
the second special message. Enclosure II provides the list of the proposed
rescissions and the deferral as submitted by the President in his special messages.




ComptroIIer General
of the United States

Enclosures




‘The proposed rescissions are numbered R97-1 through R97-10, except there is no
rescission numbered R97-3.
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                                                            ENCLOSURE I


             COMMENTS       ON THE SECOND SPECIAL          MESSAGE
                            FOR FISCAL YEAR 1997

DEPARTMENT       OF AGRICULTURE

R97-1               Foreign Agricultural Service
                    P.L. 480 grants -Titles I (OFD), II,
                    and III
                    Amount Proposed for Rescission: $3,500,000
                    12X2278

According to the most recent apportionment schedule for the account in R97-1
dated February 14, 1997, the total budgetary resources total $897,912,000 and not
$907,595,615 as reported by the President on February 10, 1997.


DEPARTMENT       OF DEFENSE

R97-4               Operation and Maintenance
                    Operation and Maintenance, Defense-wide
                    Amount Proposed for Rescission: $10,000,000
                    977/0100

R97-5               Procurement
                    National Guard and Reserve Equipment
                    Amount Proposed for Rescission: $62,000,000
                    977/90350
                    976BO350
                    975/70350

According to the most recent apportionment schedule for the account in R974
dated March 7, 1997, the total budgetary resources total $11,053,096,000and not
$10,899,000,000as reported by the President on February 10, 1997.

According to the most recent apportionment schedule for the account in R97-5
dated February 28, 1997, the total budgetary resources total $787,749,000 and not
$1,224,000,000as reported by the President on February 10, 1997.




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                                                                    ENCLOSURE I



DEPARTMENT      OF ENERGY

R97-7              Power Marketing Administration
                   Construction, rehabilitation,
                   operation and maintenance
                   Western Area Power Administration
                   Amount Proposed for Rescission: $2,111,000
                   89X5068

According to the most recent apportionment schedule for the account in R97-7
dated March 27, 1997, the total budgetary resources total $421,895,755 and not
$414,895,000 as reported by the President on February 10, 1997.

DEPARTMENT      OF JUSTICE

R97-9              Department of Justice
                   General Administration
                   Working Capital Fund
                   Amount Proposed for Rescission: $6,400,000
                   15X4526

According to the most recent apportionment schedule submitted by the agency for
the third quarter for the account in R97-9, the total budgetary resources total
$782,625,706 and not $928,266,780 as reported by the President on February 10,
1997.




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                                                                   Enclosure                                                                          II
.                                   CONTENTS OF SPECIAL MESSAGE
                                         (in thousands of dollars)
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        Rescission                                                                                                                                         Budgetary
          No.                                                     ITEM                                                                                     Resources

                      Department of Agriculture
                       Foreign Agricultural Service
        R97-1           P.L. 480 grants -Titles I (OFD), II, and III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                         3,500
        R97-2           P.L. 480 program account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          46,500

                     Department of Defense - Military
                      Operation and Maintenance
        R97-4          Operation and maintenance, Defense-wide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                                  10,000
                      Procurement
        R97-5          National Guard and Reserve equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                           62,000

                     Department of Energy
                      Energy Programs
        R97-6          Strategic petroleum reserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                            11,000

                        Power Marketing Administrations
                         Construction, rehabilitation, operation and
        R97-7            maintenance, Western Area Power Administration.....                                                                                     2,111

                     Department of Housing and Urban Development
                      Public and Indian l-lousing Programs
        R97-8          Annual contributions for assisted housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                        250,000

                     Department of Justice
                      General Administration
        R97-9          Working capital fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              6,400

                     General Services Administration
                      General Activities
        R97-I 0        Expenses, Presidential transition . ..*.............................                                                                      5,600


                                       Total, rescissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..*......              397,111



        Deferral                                                                                                                                           Budgetary
          No.                                                    ITEM                                                                                      Resources

                     Social Security Administration
        D97-7A         Limitation on administrative expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                   7,369


                                       Total, deferrals . . . . . . . . . . ..~.......................................                                           7,369
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                          CONTENTS OF SPECIAL MESSAGE
                               (in thousands of dollars)


 Rescission                                                                                                                              Budgetary
     No.                                              ITEM                                                                               m

              Department of Energy
               Energy Programs
R97-11          Clean coal technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .._....             10,000