Presidential Inaugurations

Legislation Is Needed To Clarify Agencies' Support Roles Gao ID: GGD-87-10 February 27, 1987

In response to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the adequacy of federal agencies' statutory authority to use their resources to support presidential inaugural activities; and (2) whether there is a need for legislation to clarify the policy on the use of federal resources to support future inaugurations.

GAO found that: (1) Congress should enact legislation to clarify federal agencies' roles in inaugural planning and support activities, the nature of the inaugural event, and the Presidential Inaugural Committee's statutory basis for future inaugurations; (2) both the Department of Defense and the General Services Administration, which have broad roles in the inaugural activities, lack clear statutory authority to provide certain types of support; and (3) under existing law, agencies may not use federal funds to support private concerns, and federal personnel may not perform services for private concerns even if they compensate or reimburse the government in kind.


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