Press Release

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has launched a website to allow easier tracking of Antideficiency Act reports.

In Fiscal Year 2005, Congress amended the Antideficiency Act to require that agencies and the mayor of D.C. must send a copy of every Antideficiency Act report to GAO on the same day that a report is transmitted to Congress. The accompanying Senate report directed GAO to establish a central repository of Antideficiency Act reports.

GAO has created a database that summarizes each report, displays information such as the submitting agency, dollar amount reported, and a brief synopsis of the circumstances surrounding the Antideficiency Act violation. In addition, users can download each report in PDF format by clicking on the hyperlink in the database.

The Antideficiency Act web page also contains a link titled "Antideficiency Act Background," which details prohibited actions under the law, recent changes to the law, and its penalties. The link also contains a detailed description of the reporting requirements imposed by the law and a link to instructions to agencies on how to send copies of reports to GAO, either by email or postal mail. To access the Antideficiency Act website from the GAO Home Page, www.gao.gov, click on “Legal Products” and then click on “Agency Antideficiency Act Reports.” Or click http://www.gao.gov/legal.htm for a direct link to the Legal Products page.

The database currently lists reports received by GAO in Fiscal Year 2005. Interested persons can be notified of future filings by subscribing to daily email updates for Comptroller General Decisions.

For additional information, please contact GAO's Office of Public Affairs at 202-512-4800.