ImpoundmentsStatus of Budget Authority Proposed for Rescission or Deferral Gao ID: OGC-94-21 April 7, 1994
On February 7, 1994, the President submitted to Congress his fourth special impoundment message for fiscal year 1994. The message reports 27 proposed rescissions of budget authority and revises the amounts of three rescissions already reported. On February 11, Congress passed legislation, which the President signed into law, approving 25 of the proposed rescissions. Congress took no action on five rescissions of budget authority. GAO reviewed these five proposals and found the information on the budget authority presented in the President's message to be correct. GAO and the Office of Management and Budget agree that the 45-day period for Congress to act on these outstanding rescissions will end on April 19, 1994.
GAO found that: (1) 25 of the 27 proposed rescissions were in accordance with the Congressional Impoundment Control Act of 1974; and (2) Congress did not take any action on 5 of the proposed rescissions.