Why the National Park Service's Appropriation Request Process Makes Congressional Oversight Difficult

FGMSD-79-18: Published: Mar 1, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1979.

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The use of contingency reserves by the National Park Service as discretionary funds was reviewed.

The Service uses contingency reserves obtained for emergency purposes and unforeseen events to pay for a variety of routine projects not specifically considered by the Congress. In fiscal 1977, for example, the Service obtained $10 million for contingencies from the operations appropriation but used about $7 million for projects that could have been reasonably estimated and justified to the Congress through the normal budget review process. This method of obtaining contingency reserves without adequate disclosure to the Congress is unacceptable and should be discontinued.

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