[Response to Request for Views on Applicability of P.L. 99-177 to Two Categories of USGS Non-Federal Reimbursements]

B-221498.50: Published: Oct 7, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1986.

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GAO provided its views on the applicability of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to two categories of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) non-federal reimbursements, including: (1) state and local matching payments under federal/state cooperative programs; and (2) payments from foreign governments for USGS services. GAO found that: (1) collections credited to appropriation accounts are offsetting collections that may be used for federal programs without additional appropriation actions and, since they are considered a type of spending authority, are subject to reduction; (2) since the effect of sequestration on the state-funded portion of USGS cooperative programs is to establish an obligation limit, if reductions in the federally funded portion of the program result in comparable reductions in the state-funded portion, no additional reductions would be necessary; and (3) funds received from foreign governments in advance of or in reimbursement for services should be considered nonfederal collections credited to the appropriate USGS account.

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