Use of the Chief Administrative Officer's Salaries and Expenses Appropriation to Pay Certain Child Care Center Expenses for Fiscal Year 2003
B-300673, Jul 3, 2003
The fiscal year 2003 appropriations act for the legislative branch, enacted on February 20, 2003, authorizes the House of Representative's Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to use the Office's salaries and expenses appropriation to pay the salary of the House Child Care Center's director as well as certain training and conference expenses incurred by the Center's employees for "fiscal year 2003 and each succeeding fiscal year." The continuing resolutions in effect during the period from October 1, 2002 to February 20, 2003, provided funds for the continuing operation of the government under the authority of the fiscal year 2002 legislative branch appropriations act until the fiscal year 2003 act was passed, at which point any expenditures made under the authority of the continuing resolutions were required to be charged to the "applicable appropriation, fund, or authorization." During that period the relevant Child Care Center's expenses were paid from the Child Care Revolving Fund. Since it is clear from the fiscal year 2003 appropriations act provision that the new authority to use the CAO's salaries and expenses appropriation applies to fiscal year 2003, implying a retroactive effect from the date of enactment to October 1, 2002, the CAO should reimburse the Child Care Revolving Fund for the relevant payments made during the period from October 1, 2002 to February 20, 2003.