Due to the lapse in appropriations, Department of Justice websites will not be regularly updated. The Department’s essential law enforcement and national security functions will continue. Please refer to the Department of Justice’s contingency plan for more information.

Authority of the Comptroller General to Appoint an Acting Comptroller General


The Comptroller General is authorized to designate an employee of the General Accounting Office to act as Comptroller General in his absence, even if the Office of Deputy Comptroller General is vacant.

Acting heads of agencies have powers that are commensurate with those of agency heads who have been confirmed by the Senate.

Updated July 9, 2014