Status of Budget Authority Proposed for Rescission

OGC-83-10: Published: Apr 25, 1983. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1983.

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GAO reported on the status of budget authority that was proposed for rescission in the President's fifth special message for fiscal year 1983 for which Congress failed to pass a rescission bill.

The President had proposed 19 rescissions of budget authority which totaled $1.552 billion. The Impoundment Control Act requires that funds proposed for rescission be made available for obligation unless Congress completes action on a rescission bill within the 45-day period of continuous congressional session following the day the proposal is received by Congress. For the 19 rescission proposals submitted in the President's fifth special message, the 45-day period ended on April 12, 1983, without Congress' having passed such a bill. On April 13, 1983, the Office of Management and Budget apportioned the funds proposed for rescission to the agencies to which they were appropriated.

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