Denali Commission--Authority to Receive State Grants
B-319246, Sep 1, 2010
The Denali Commission does not have authority to accept grant funds from the state of Alaska that the state has designated for use for a particular purpose. The state grant constitutes a conditional gift because, as a condition of receipt, the Commission was required to award the grant to a particular organization for a particular project and then monitor it, thereby placing an obligation or duty on the Commission. Federal agencies may not accept conditional gifts unless specifically authorized by statute to do so. While the Denali Commission has authority to accept gifts, its gift acceptance authority does not extend to conditional gifts.