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Bowsher v. Synar

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Administrative Law Keyed to Strauss

Citation. Bowsher v. Synar, 478 U.S. 714, 106 S. Ct. 3181, 92 L. Ed. 2d 583, 1986 U.S. LEXIS 141, 54 U.S.L.W. 5064 (U.S. July 7, 1986)

Brief Fact Summary. The Comptroller General’s role in the government was questioned.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. “Because [the legislative branch in the form of] Congress retained removal authority, he may not be entrusted with executive powers.”ť

Facts. The Comptroller General was an office created by the Budget and Accounting Act, appointed by the President with advice and consent of the Senate, from recommendations made by the Speaker of the House and the President pro tempore of the Senate. He serves a single fourteen-year term. Congress has complete control over the General’s tenure.

Issue. “Whether the Comptroller General is controlled by Congress.”ť “Whether the Comptroller General ha[d] been assigned [executive] powers in the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.”ť

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