Supplemental Appropriations: Opportunities Exist to Increase Transparency and Provide Additional Controls

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Supplemental appropriations laws (supplementals) are a tool for policymakers to address needs that arise after the fiscal year has begun. Supplementals provide important and necessary flexibility but some have questioned whether supplementals are used just to meet the needs of unforeseen events or whether they also include funding for activities that could be covered in regular appropriations acts. GAO was asked to evaluate (1) trends in supplemental appropriations enacted from fiscal years 1997-2006 and (2) steps that could be taken to increase transparency and establish additional ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. January 31, 2008.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Supplemental appropriations laws (supplementals) are a tool for policymakers to address needs that arise after the fiscal year has begun. Supplementals provide important and necessary flexibility but some have questioned whether supplementals are used just to meet the needs of unforeseen events or whether they also include funding for activities that could be covered in regular appropriations acts. GAO was asked to evaluate (1) trends in supplemental appropriations enacted from fiscal years 1997-2006 and (2) steps that could be taken to increase transparency and establish additional controls over emergency supplemental appropriations. Also, GAO consulted with budget experts to discuss options for reform."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Supplemental Appropriations: Opportunities Exist to Increase Transparency and Provide Additional Controls, report, January 31, 2008; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc301669/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.