Comments on the Interpretation of Section 1312 of the Supplemental Appropriation Act, 1952

B-106437: Dec 26, 1951

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GAO commented on whether funds transferred to defense activities under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior from appropriations provided in the Interior Department Appropriation Act, 1952, may be expended in accordance with the terms of the appropriation to which the transfers are made. GAO noted that: (1) funds transferred pursuant to the authority quoted would be merged with the appropriation for defense production activities, and would be used in the discharge of defense production responsibilities as distinguished from transfers or advances of funds which might be made under other authority to carry out functions for which the funds were originally appropriated; (2) it would appear the terms of the defense production appropriation should apply to funds transferred under the provisions of section 1312 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act; (3) while section 1312 authorizes the transfer of appropriations of funds from a regular activity to a defense activity of an agency when necessary for the discharge of responsibilities relating to the national defense assigned to such agency, any transfer when accomplished would constitute a reappropriation of such moneys for such purposes; (4) under the circumstances, funds transferred become divorced from other funds appropriated for regular activities and thereafter are available for the same objects and purposes and subject to the same limitations as the appropriation for defense protection activities; and (5) funds transferred pursuant to section 1312, to defense activities under the jurisdiction of the Interior are for expenditures in accordance with the terms of the appropriation to which transferred.