Impoundment Control

President's Third Special Message for Fiscal Year 1992 Gao ID: OGC-92-8 April 20, 1992

This letter discusses the status of budget authority the President proposed for rescission in his third special impoundment message for fiscal year 1992, but for which Congress has not yet passed a rescission bill. The funding involves programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Agency for International Development, and the Forest Service. All the budget authority withheld under this rescission proposal has been released for obligation by the Office of Management and Budget. Funds proposed for rescission must be made available for obligation unless Congress passes a rescission bill within 45 days after receiving the proposal. The 45-day period ended on April 4, 1992, without Congress having passed such legislation.

GAO found that the Office of Management and Budget made available for obligation all funds that the President had proposed for rescission, since Congress failed to complete action on a rescission bill.

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