title i—deficit reduction procedures
Sec. 103. Compliance Report By Comptroller General.
Section 253 of the Act is amended to read as follows:
“sec. 253. compliance report by comptroller general.
“On or before November 15 of each fiscal year (or December 15, 1987, in the case of the fiscal year 1988), the Comptroller General shall submit to the Congress and the President a report on—
“(1) the extent to which each order issued by the President under section 252 for such fiscal year complies with all of the requirements contained in section 252, either certifying that the order fully and accurately complies with such requirements or indicating the respects in which it does not;
“(2) the extent to which each report of the Director of OMB under section 251 for such fiscal year complies with all of the requirements contained in this part, either certifying that the report fully and accurately complies with such requirements or indicating the respects in which it does not; and
“(3) any recommendations of the Comptroller General for improving the procedures set forth in this part.”.
This section is classified to the U.S. Code at 2 U.S.C. 904(h). This GAO report requirement was moved by section 13101 of the Budget Enforcement Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-508) to the section 254(i) (BBEDCA), when it it was generally amended by that Act. Section 10206(1) of the Budget Enforcement Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 105-33) redesignated that subsection as 254(h).
Joint Explanatory Statement (BBEDCRA 1987)
The Joint Explanatory Statement of the Managers of Conference on the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Reaffirmation Act of 1987 included this description:
10. Compliance Report by the Comptroller General
The 1985 Balanced Budget Act requires the Comptroller General (the head of the General Accounting Office) to submit to Congress and the President a report by each November 15 certifying whether the final sequestration order issued by the President complies fully and accurately with the requirements of the Act.
The Senate amendment modifies the provision dealing with the GAO compliance report to require that the Comptroller General also (1) assess whether the OMB Director’s sequestration reports comply fully and accurately with the requirements of the Act and (2) make recommendations for improving sequestration procedures.
The House recedes and concurs in the Senate amendment.
U.S. House of Representatives, Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Reaffirmation Act of 1987: Conference Report to Accompany H. J. Res. 324, House Ways and Means Committee (H. Rept. 100-313) September 21, 1987.