State Department--Assistance for Lebanon
B-303268: Jan 3, 2005
- Full Report:
The State Department was not required to fulfill the requirements of section 1224 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, 2003, before it obligated the entire lump sum amount appropriated in the Foreign Operations, Expert Financing and Related Appropriations Act, 2003, for assistance to Lebanon. Although section 1224 required that $10 million of the lump sum appropriations be withheld until certain certification requirements were met and that these requirements were to be fulfilled "notwithstanding any other provision of law," section 534(a) of the appropriations act required that the lump sum appropriated for the assistance of Lebanon be available "notwithstanding any other provision of law." Because Congress passed section 534(a) more than four months after section 1224, section 534(a) superseded the requirements of section 1224.