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Federal Appropriations Law

 A 2-Day Hands-On Workshop

Course Description:

A fully interactive course set against the backdrop of case studies, examples, and hands-on exercises, this training course will ensure attendees are aware of the regulations of the U.S. General Accounting Office Principals of Federal Appropriations Law (Red Book) that they must abide by. The instructor will walk through engaging, experienced-based instruction to ensure participants understand how to help prevent misuse of appropriated funds resulting in anti-deficiency and other adverse actions.

Learning Objectives & Topics Covered in this Workshop:

  • Determine the legal availability of appropriations as to purpose, time and amount
  • Identify sources of appropriations; how an office gets money and what happens to funds at the end of the year
  • Follow the appropriation cycle from appropriation to expense
  • Understand the different types of appropriations and the rules that apply to each
  • Understand the flexibilities and limitations in the use of appropriations
  • Understand the purpose for which appropriations are legally available
  • Ensure that obligations are charged to the correct fund source
  • Understand the different vehicles for recording obligations: contracts, salaries, and grants
  • Avoid violations of the Antideficiency Act and their consequences
  • Know the proper checks and balances put in place to avoid ADA problems
  • Understand regulations relating to liability and relief of accountable officers
  • Apply appropriations law principals to interagency transactions (reimbursables)
  • Understand Congressional intent; avoid negative audit and Congressional reports
  • Make informed decisions when more than one appropriation or fund is available