GAO Glossary of Terms Used in the Federal Budget Process (September 2005)

Backdoor Authority/Backdoor Spending

A colloquial phrase for budget authority provided in laws other than appropriations acts, including contract authority and borrowing authority, as well as entitlement authority and the outlays that result from that budget authority. (See also Appropriations and Contract Authority under Forms of Budget Authority under Budget Authority; Authorizing Legislation; Entitlement Authority; Spending Committee.)

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