Formula Grants

Information on Program Expiration Dates and Authorizing Committees Gao ID: HRD-86-128FS August 7, 1986

In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) expiration dates of grant-in-aid programs that distribute funds to states and localities through the use of formulas; and (2) House and Senate authorizing committees for these programs.

GAO noted that, among the 142 formula grant programs: (1) five programs for fiscal year (FY) 1985 have expired without reauthorization; (2) 50 programs were scheduled for reauthorization during FY 1986; and (3) 44 programs have no specific reauthorization dates. GAO found that, based on total dollars distributed in FY 1984, most of the formula grants were overseen by six House and Senate committees.

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