Proposed legislation, if construed to give the Comptroller General, a legislative officer, discretionary authority to review Executive Branch acquisition programs and to cut off funds to those programs, would violate the constitutional principle of the separation of powers.
S. 421, A Bill to Require the Comptroller General to Ascertain Increases in the Cost of Major Acquisition Programs of Civilian Agencies and to Limit the Expenditure of Federal Funds to Carry Out Those Programs
Date of Issuance:
Friday, September 23, 1983
Updated July 9, 2014