Backdoor Spending

The term backdoor spending means spending that avoids the normal appropriations process such as granting contractual obligation authority to a Federal agency prior to any appropriation.

GAO Glossary of Terms and Definition (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 AuthorityAuthorizing LegislationEntitlement AuthoritySpending Committee.)

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Balanced Budget