Impoundments Resulting from the President's Proposed Rescissions of October 28, 2005

B-307122,B-307122.2: Mar 2, 2006

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On October 28, 2005, the President transmitted to Congress a proposal to rescind $2.3 billion of available funding to offset the cost of Hurricane Katrina relief. According to the Office of Management and Budget, the proposal called for cancellations, not rescissions, from 53 different federal programs and therefore the proposal did not trigger the Impoundment Control Act's reporting requirements that a special Impoundment Message be transmitted to the Congress. Because the Comptroller General is responsible under the Impoundment Control Act for monitoring impoundments of budget authority, GAO contacted each agency affected by the President's proposal to determine whether they were withholding budget authority from obligation in response to the President's proposal. Notwithstanding the President's characterization of his proposals as cancellations GAO found that agencies withheld over $470 million in budget authority from obligation, affecting 12 programs, for approximately 2 months. The agencies' withholding in these 12 instances constituted impoundments that should have been reported to the Congress under the Impoundment Control Act.

B-307122, Impoundments Resulting from the President's Proposed Rescissions of October 28, 2005, March 2, 2006

B-307122

March 2, 2006

Subject: Impoundments Resulting from the President's Proposed Rescissions of October 28, 2005

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  • Anders Construction, Inc.
    We deny the protest.
    B-414261
  • ICF Incorporated, LLC
    We deny the protest.
    B-414247,B-414247.3,B-414247.5
  • Planning & Learning Technologies, Inc.--Advisory Opinion
    On July 19, we dismissed Paltech's protest, and several others, when another offeror under the solicitation submitted a protest to the United States Court of Federal Claims. Bid Protest Regulations, 4 C.F.R. 21.11(b) (2016). On August 1, the Department of Justice filed a motion with the court requesting an advisory opinion from our Office. The court granted the motion and requested that our Office issue an advisory opinion regarding the merits of the protest Paltech filed with our Office. See id. Our opinion here is issued in response to the court's request, and is presented in the same general format as we normally employ to issue decisions responding to bid protests. Our Office finds the protest without merit, and we would deny this protest.
    B-413156.23
  • The Arbinger Company--Advisory Opinion
    On July 19, we dismissed Arbinger's protest, and several others, when another offeror under the solicitation submitted a protest to the United States Court of Federal Claims. Bid Protest Regulations, 4 C.F.R. 21.11(b) (2016). On August 5, the parties (Arbinger and the Department of Justice) filed a joint motion with the court requesting an advisory opinion from our Office. The court granted the motion and requested that our Office provide an advisory opinion regarding the merits of the protest Arbinger filed with our Office. See id. Our opinion here is issued in response to the court's request, and is presented in the same general format as we normally employ to issue decisions responding to bid protests. Our Office finds the protest without merit, and we would deny this protest.
    B-413156.21

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