Constitutional Authority to Impound Appropriated Funds

B-135364: Jul 26, 1973

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Congress requested GAO's opinion as to the legality of the President's authority to impound funds appropriated by Congress.

GAO held that there are few clear answers to the varied issues and problems arising from impoundment. Accordingly, GAO offered the discussion to assist the Committee in its consideration of this vital issue.