Tracking the Funds: Specific Fiscal Year 2022 Provisions for General Services Administration
As part of FY22 appropriations, Members of Congress could request to designate a certain amount of federal funding for specific projects in their communities.
While agencies often have discretion over how they award funds, Congress has directed them to distribute these funds to designated recipients. We're tracking the funds to help ensure transparency.
The General Services Administration's FY22 appropriations included $53.5 million for 4 of these projects.
This report looks at when GSA plans to distribute the funds and how it plans to ensure they're spent properly.
We're also tracking these funds across government and at 17 other agencies.
General Services Administration: Where did the FY 2022 funding go?
What GAO Found
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 appropriated $53.5 million to the General Services Administration (GSA) for four projects at the request of Members of Congress. The act includes specific provisions that designate an amount of funds for a particular recipient to use for a specific project. These provisions are called "Congressionally Directed Spending" in the U.S. Senate and "Community Project Funding" in the House of Representatives.
GAO described, among other things, information about the intended uses for these funds, the recipients to whom they were designated, and when GSA expects recipients will have access to the funds:
The intended uses of these funds are to support the demolition of vacant buildings adjacent to a federal courthouse complex and to conduct feasibility studies on constructing government facilities, such as land border entry points.
The designated recipients of these funds are GSA, a federal courthouse, and a state agency; however, GSA is to manage all the projects. The projects are in four states with the three feasibility studies funded at $500,000 and the demolition project at $52 million.
GSA does not yet have a timeline on when the funds will be expended and the funds are no-year appropriations and therefore remain available to GSA until expended.
Why GAO Did This Study
The joint explanatory statement accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 includes a provision for GAO to review agencies' implementation of Community Project Funding/Congressionally Directed Spending.
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