Comments on the President's Second Special Impoundment Message for Fiscal Year 1992

Gao ID: OGC-92-4 February 8, 1992

On December 19, 1991, the President submitted to Congress his second special impoundment message for fiscal year 1992. This message reports three new deferrals and revises the amount of two deferrals already reported. GAO reviewed the deferrals and found them to be in accordance with the Impoundment Control Act. GAO also notes that an unauthorized withholding in the VA Major Construction account no longer exists. After GAO issued its October 1991 impoundment letter (GAO/OGC-91-12), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) deleted the renovation of Building Two at the VA Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

GAO found that the deferrals were in accordance with the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. GAO provided: (1) specific information on four of the deferrals which would be useful to Congress in examining the message; and (2) a list of proposals as reported by the President. GAO noted that a previously reported unauthorized withholding in the Department of Veterans Affairs major construction account for the third phase of a three-phase project no longer exists.

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