Use of Appropriated Funds in Connection with National Solid Waste Management Association Convention

B-166506.58: Jul 15, 1975

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Congress requested GAO's opinion as to whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may use appropriated funds to pay for the transportation and lodging of a number of State employees at the National Solid Waste Management Association Convention.

GAO found that, absent specific statutory authority, EPA may not use appropriated funds to pay the transportation and lodging expenses of State officials or employees. However, GAO noted that it would be reluctant to require State officials and employees to repay the amounts already expended.