Engineer Research and Development Center, USACE--Use of Plant Replacement and Improvement Program Account to Replace Headquarters Building
B-318897, Mar 18, 2010
The Director of Resource Management for the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in his capacity as certifying officer, has requested a decision under 31 U.S.C. 3529 on whether ERDC may use funds available in USACE's Plant Replacement and Improvement Program (PRIP) account to replace its existing headquarters building without seeking specific congressional approval. Letter from Director, Resource Management, ERDC, to Acting General Counsel, GAO, Oct. 23, 2009 (Request Letter). As explained below, we conclude that PRIP account funds are not available for the construction of a new ERDC headquarters without specific congressional authorization.
Based on the above, we agree with the Chief Counsel's position that congressional authorization should be sought before using the PRIP account of the USACE Revolving Fund for construction of a new ERDC headquarters building.