Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Anti Deficiency Act

Sometimes an epiphany comes with your morning reading. Strategy Page's article on the Anti Deficiency Act being used to gut military careers led me to think, why can't bureaucrats in other departments be similarly terrorized. The recycling of TARP funds seems to fairly clearly run afoul of 31USC1517 which the GAO characterizes as part of the ADA.

I think it just goes to show that a lot of our problems aren't solvable by new legislation but instead just by better enforcement of what's already on the books.