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Get a Load of All These Programs the Feds Are Unofficially Funding This Year

"Potentially, it’s a very big deal. The amount involved is $969B!"

The Congressional Budget Office has released a report on all unauthorized appropriations and expiring authorizations for fiscal year 2012. The report has been sent to both the House and the Senate.

The purpose of the report is to act as a reminder of all stopgap measures that are in place. The government is running on a series of continuing resolutions.

“How big a deal is this?”asks Business Insider. “Potentially, it’s a very big deal. The amount involved is $969B!”

The report is comprised of two lists. This first one looks at the spending for which the necessary enabling legislation has already expired:

This second list is for those expenditures whose authorizations expire on or before September 30 of this year:

The CBO report lays out exactly where all of the money is being spent (it runs over 100 pages). Here are just a few examples of the expenses found in the CBO report (via Business Insider):

General Administration:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 11,519,966,000

United States Marshals Service:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 11,806,793,000

National Institutes of Health:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 30,689,990,000

Western Hemisphere Drug Elimination:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 1,061,000,000

Operations of the Peace Corps:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 375,000,000

Migration and Refugee Assistance:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 1,639,000,000

Department of State Diplomatic and Consular Programs:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 8,275,386,000

Section 8 Tenant-Based Housing Assistance:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 18,914,369,000

Low-income Home Energy Assistance:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 3,478,246,000

Noxious Weed Control and Eradication [this is a real thing]:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: Not Available

Brown Tree Snake Control and Eradication [and so is this]:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: Not Available

Assistance to Trafficking Victims in the United States:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 9,794,000

Administration on Aging Programs:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 1,473,703,000

Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 610,224,000

National Endowment for the Arts:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 292,510,000

Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 62,700,000

Project Bioshield:

FY 2012 Appropriations: Not Available

Strategic Petroleum Reserve:

FY 2012 Appropriations: 192,704,000

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

FY 2012 Appropriations Authorized 24,693,000,000

Federal Trade Commission Operations:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 311,563,000

Centers for Disease Control programs Regarding Infertility and Sexually Transmitted Diseases:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 964,855,000

Corporation for Public Broadcasting:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 445,000,000

Administrative Expenses for Government National Mortgage Association Guarantees of Mortgage-Backed Securities:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 19,500,000

Funds Appropriated to the President for International Assistance:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 16,462,253,000

Secretary of Health and Human Services Refugee and Entrant Assistance Programs:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 769,789,000

Pacific Salmon Treaty [yes, this is a real thing]:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 123,566,000

Nutria Eradication and Control Act [another real thing]:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: Not Available

Bureau of Land Management:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 973,552,000

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: Not Available

Renewable Energy Research and Development:

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 963,000,000

Appropriations for the Coast Guard:

(1) Operation and maintenance

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 7,051,054,000

(2) Acquisition, construction, rebuilding, and improvement Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 1,403,924,000

(3) Retired Pay

Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 1,400,700,000

Specialty Crop Research Initiative:

FY 2012 Appropriations Authorized 100,000,000

Food Animal Residue Avoidance Database Program:

FY 2012 Appropriations Authorized 2,500,000

National Sheep Industry Improvement Center:

FY 2012 Appropriations Authorized 10,000,000

Block Grants for Energy Efficiency:

FY 2012 Appropriations Authorized 2,000,000,000

And if none of these expenses strike you as particularly silly or wasteful, take a look at the entire report. There's something there for everyone.

See the Full Report Here.

(H/T: Bruce Krasting, My Take On Financial Events)

Front page photo source: C-Span

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