GAO launches new portal for Antideficiency Act reports

The Government Accountability Office has launched a new Web portal providing easier access to find and track Antideficiency Act reports.

The Antideficiency Act prohibits agencies from spending money on goods and services when there is not enough money in their budgets. Violations of the act are reported to Congress.

GAO launched the Web site after Congress amended the act last year and required agencies also to report their violations to the congressional watchdog.

The site acts as a database that summarizes every anti-deficiency report, including information about the submitting agency, the dollar amount reported and a brief description of the violation.

It also provides information about the law itself and provides instructions on how agencies should send the reports.

Last summer, Congress and agency auditors questioned the Defense Department's ability to manage its procurement and required the DOD comptroller to review 38 purchases to determine whether they violated the Antideficiency Act.

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