Proposed Reforms to Laws Related to Former Presidents

T-GGD-88-17: Published: Mar 3, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1988.

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GAO discussed S. 1647, which would adopt certain recommendations it made to amend laws pertaining to former presidents. GAO noted that it supports the changes, which would: (1) authorize the General Services Administration (GSA) to provide transportation to former presidents on military or government-chartered aircraft; (2) authorize GSA to relocate former presidents and vice presidents from the District of Columbia; and (3) limit the period that federal employees could be detailed to former presidents. GAO believes that the bill should be revised to: (1) allow GSA to expend transition funds before the expiration of a president's term in office; and (2) make it a criminal offense to threaten former presidents who voluntarily waive Secret Service protection.

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