Expired and Expiring Authorizations of Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2022—Information for Legislation Enacted Through September 30, 2021
CBO reports annually on programs whose authorizations of appropriations have already expired or will expire. This information covers legislation enacted through September 30, 2021. A full report will be issued later this year.
Authorizations of appropriations are provisions of law that authorize funds to be provided through a future appropriation law to carry out a program or function; they differ from other authorizations (sometimes called enabling or organic statutes), which create a federal agency, establish a federal program, prescribe a federal function, or provide for a particular federal obligation or expenditure within a program. Authorizations of appropriations also differ from the actual appropriations, which provide funding.
Section 202(e)(3) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 requires that the Congressional Budget Office report to the Congress by January 15 of each year on the following:
All programs and activities whose authorizations will expire during the current year, and
All programs and activities funded for the current year whose authorizations have expired.
This spreadsheet includes CBO’s catalog of explicit authorizations of appropriations. The list specifies the date when each authorization expired or is set to expire and the amount authorized to be appropriated in the last fiscal year covered by that authorization. The most recent public law analyzed for this spreadsheet is the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 117-43), which was enacted on September 30, 2021—the end of fiscal year 2021.
CBO is still analyzing laws that were enacted after September 30, 2021, which include numerous authorizations. Moreover, because the 12 annual appropriation acts for 2022 have not yet been enacted, information about funding provided in 2022 for authorizations contained in this spreadsheet is limited to amounts that were provided by supplemental appropriation acts that were in place as of September 30, 2021. CBO expects to post an updated spreadsheet when the agency publishes Expired and Expiring Authorizations of Appropriations: Fiscal Year 2022 later this year.