Architect of the Capitol--Reimbursement of Office of Compliance Investigating and Monitoring Costs
B-308774, Mar 15, 2007
Under the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA), the Office of Compliance (Compliance) is responsible for investigating and litigating compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) with regard to legislative branch entities, including the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), and it receives an appropriation to carry out these activities. In view of Compliance's statutory responsibility to investigate, prosecute, and monitor alleged violations of the CAA, and absent any specific statutory authority to the contrary, Compliance lacks authority to accept reimbursement of its costs from AOC as part of an agreement to settle a Compliance complaint alleging violations of the OSHA provision of the CAA. Any acceptance of such reimbursement by Compliance would improperly augment appropriations made to it by Congress. Conversely, AOC's appropriation is not available to cover costs properly incurred by Compliance in discharging its statutory responsibilities.