Inquiry as to the Meaning and Applicability of Special Counsel Fees

B-180708: Jul 22, 1975

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The meaning and applicability of "special counsel fees" asincluded in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) appropriation act were questioned. The inclusion of special counsel fees in the appropriation providing funds for necessary expenses of the FCC is limited to payment for legal services. Authority is not provided for obtaining counsel services in a broad sense among the various professions.