In many cases, the adjustments requested by the administration would allow federal agencies to access other sources of funds, as economic shutdowns across the country have caused regular sources of funding to dry up.
For example, one request is to allocate $ 92 million to the National Archives and Records Administration to pay the fixed operating costs of 18 federal records centers. These centers depend on revenue from registration services and these fees “have dropped significantly” as the centers were closed due to the pandemic.
In another COVID-19-related request, the administration is seeking authorization from the Department of Veterans Affairs to transfer up to $ 140 million in uncommitted pandemic relief funds from one account to another for the Veterans Canteen Service, which manufactures food, coffee and other vending machine products. available to ex-combatants in health facilities.
The White House document includes a request for an accelerated reimbursement from Commodity Credit Corp., a federal agency under the Department of Agriculture that supports farm incomes and prices. The document indicates that CCC anticipates that it will not have sufficient borrowing authority during the stopgap period. “Without the anomaly, CCC would have to stop making payments as soon as the borrowing limit is reached, posing a serious risk to the farmers and ranchers supported by these programs,” the document said.
The USDA said it expects strong demand for payments from two major farm programs in fiscal 2021, triggered by declines in market prices or income levels. The department said there could be “an increase of almost 100% in agricultural risk coverage and price loss coverage payments in FY2021 compared to FY2020.”