Magnitude of Nonappropriated Fund and Related Activities in the Executive Branch

FPCD-77-28: Published: Apr 25, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1977.

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A survey was conducted of the nonappropriated fund activities operated by executive agencies to sell merchandise or services to government personnel. Data supplied by departments and agencies on the nature and size of such activities and where they are operated are listed. A brief description of each nonappropriated fund activity is presented together with data on its current assets on June 30, 1975, and its gross revenue during fiscal year 1975. A summary list also provides data on the totals for each department or agency and is keyed to detailed lists of nonappropriated fund activities.

Executive departments and agencies reported nonappropriated fund and related activities with over $1.6 billion in current assets and over $8.2 billion in gross revenues. The Department of Defense has, by far, the largest number of activities, accounting for 98 percent of the assets and revenue reported. Some reporting offices took the position that certain of their programs were not government nonappropriated fund activities but were private associations not officially a part of the federal government. Since there is no official definition or commonly understood opinion of what is or is not a nonappropriated fund activity, it is difficult to gather reliable information about nonappropriated fund activities in the executive agencies. No attempt has been made to establish any criterion which would strictly classify the activities as nonappropriated fund activities or otherwise.

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