Transfer of funds originally allocated for the United Nations Population Fund
B-290659.: Oct 31, 2002
This responds to Senator Barbara Boxer's request for information concerning the funds that the Department of State was authorized to make available for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2002, Pub. L. No. 107-115, 576, 115 Stat. 2138 (January 10, 2002) (FY2002 Foreign Operations Appropriations Act). In a statement issued July 22, 2002, the State Department reported that it had decided not to fund UNFPA for program-related reasons. In our last letter to Senator Boxer on July 24, 2002, we concluded that since the State Department delayed obligating the funds because of uncertainty as to whether statutory conditions were met, the delay did not constitute an impoundment. We noted, however, that State Department must release the funds with sufficient time remaining in the fiscal year to obligate them and stated that we would continue to monitor the use of these funds.