Questions about the Authority of Individual Agencies to Use Their Respective Appropriations to Fund the Activities of the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year

B-182398: Mar 29, 1976

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This document addresses questions about the authority of individual agencies to use their respective appropriations to fund the activities of the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year (Commission). GAO received reports of transfers of funds from the following agencies: Department of Labor, Department of State, United States Information Agency, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Department of Justice, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, and Department of Interior. GAO analyzed the responses and determined whether each department and agency had the necessary authority to procure the kinds of goods or services for which it transferred funds to the Commission, or whether some other authority for the transfer existed.

GAO found that there was sufficient legal authority for transfers of funds by Labor and State. However, GAO was not provided sufficient factual or legal support to find authority for transfers of funds by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Department of Justice, Department of Transportation, or Department of Commerce.

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