[Comments on the Use of ITC Funds To Pay Musicians Performing at a Cultural Awareness Program]

B-278805: Jul 21, 1999

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GAO commented on the use of United States International Trade Commission's (ITC) funds to pay musicians performing at a cultural awareness program, focusing on whether: (1) ITC funds were available for a musical performance at a cultural awareness program for "Irish-American Heritage Month;" (2) ITC may reimburse the Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, ITC, for personal funds paid to the musicians; and (3) reimbursement is now barred because more than three years have elapsed since the Director made the payments. GAO held that ITC funds are available to pay the musicians and, subject to ITC making the requisite findings, ITC may reimburse the Director for personal funds used to pay the musicians. Should ITC make the requisite findings, ITC is not now barred from reimbursing the Director by the three-year statute of limitation imposed by 31 U.S.C. 3526.