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Appropriations Law Seminar

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Description

Government employees often face serious repercussions when Federally-appointed funds are used incorrectly. Complying with appropriations law requirements is a critical component of stewarding Federal funds. By exploring the Government Accountability Office's (GAO's) Principles of Federal Appropriations Law (the Red Book), Volume I and part of Volume II, you will learn about the availability of Federally-appropriated funds. You’ll delve into the three pillars — purpose, time, and amount — and will learn to apply the principles to avoid Antideficiency Act violations.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and apply the basic concepts and principles of appropriations law
  • Determine the correct course of action when funds need to be reprogrammed or transferred or when laws are in conflict or unclear
  • Determine the legal availability of appropriations based on purpose, applying the Purpose Law and Necessary Expense Doctrine
  • Determine the legal availability of appropriations based on time, applying the Bona Fide Needs Rule
  • Determine the legal availability of appropriations based on amount, avoiding violations of the Antideficiency Act (ADA)
  • Identify what constitutes a legal obligation and its impact on appropriations law principles
  • Describe the unique considerations for a continuing resolution
  • Identify the terms under which accountable officials may be granted relief from financial responsibility

Course Topics

Introduction and Legal Framework

  • The Constitutional Power of the Purse
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Appropriations and Related Terminology
  • More Guidance from the Red Book
  • Module Capstone: Case Studies for Introduction and Legal Framework

Appropriations Available as to Purpose

  • The Purpose Law
  • Step 1—Logical Relationship
  • Step 2—Expenditure Must Not Be Prohibited
  • Step 3—Expenditure Not Provided for in Another Appropriation

Appropriations Available as to Time

  • Time Rules
  • Contracts and Time
  • Severable and Nonseverable Services
  • Module Capstone: Case Studies for Appropriations Available as to Time

Appropriations Available as to Amount

  • The Antideficiency Act
  • ADA Violation Consequences
  • Most Prone to ADA Violations
  • Methods to Prevent Violations
  • Additional Laws
  • Module Capstone: Case Studies for Appropriations Available as to Amount

Other Appropriations Law Issues

  • Contracts and Obligations
  • Use of Interagency Reimbursable Orders
  • Special Considerations for a Continuing Resolution
  • Accountable Officers
  • Module Capstone: Case Studies for Other Appropriations Law Issues

Who should attend

This course is designed for everyone who deals with money in the Federal government, including budget analysts, accountants, auditors, contracting officers, program managers, government purchase card holders and approving managers, and attorneys.

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