Funding for Entitlement Programs

PAD-78-46: Published: Jan 13, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1978.

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A listing was provided of entitlement programs for which funds were provided in appropriations acts for fiscal year 1978, along with titles of the accounts and language used in the acts. Also included were the title of the account and the proposed language for entitlement programs as included in the President's budget request for fiscal year 1978 where that language differs from what was contained in the appropriations acts. For each entitlement program for which funds were provided on the basis of other than a regular 1-year appropriation, the amount of budget authority that would have been required to be appropriated had funds been provided on the basis of a regular 1-year appropriation was listed. No carryover of unobligated balances was anticipated in the Compensation and Pensions program, but two other programs had anticipated carryovers of $923,678,000 and $715,000 in unobligated balances, respectively. Five of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare programs funded from three appropriation accounts were classified as multi-year funding with authority to draw down the next year's budget authority in the last quarter of the current year. It was observed that the entitlement programs financed through multi-year and no-year appropriations are still funded for 1 year at a time, with the funds remaining available after the end of the first year; and some entitlement programs are not financed through single, separate accounts.

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