Q: In the first meeting where you described — a question was raised about what are the legally available mechanisms to actually suspend this aid, or hold this aid, did someone raise that issue in a different — using different terminology as in, is this lawful? Can this be done lawfully? Is this a violation of law?
A: So that was in the deputies’ meeting that that first conversation that I recall arose, and I don’t remember that exact phraseology being used. But, I mean, there were many affirmative statements that the Congress has appropriated this, we need to obligate it.
Q: Under the law?
A: Again, I don’t remember that exact phrase, but yes.
Q: So, to your knowledge, the only legal ways to adjust funding provided by Congress were not being pursued in relation to USAI?
A: I just want to caveat that, that those legally available means relate to the question of whether or not all the funds can be obligated by the end of the fiscal year. So as long as the funds can be obligated, you do not have to avail yourself of these mechanisms. You can have a hold in spending. It’s once you get to the point where it’s clear that you cannot obligate all the funds by the end of the fiscal year that those two mechanisms, one of the two would have to be used.
Q: Because otherwise, you’d be in violation of the Impoundment Control Act. Is that right?
A: That is my understanding, yes.