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Oct 17 - Oct 20, 2017
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-FRI
Washington , DC $1019 G
Oct 31 - Nov 03, 2017
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-FRI
San Diego , CA $1019 O
Nov 14 - Nov 17, 2017
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-FRI
Washington , DC $1019 G
Dec 12 - Dec 15, 2017
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-FRI
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Jan 23 - Jan 26, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-FRI
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Feb 06 - Feb 09, 2018
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Phoenix , AZ $1019 O
Feb 13 - Feb 16, 2018
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Mar 06 - Mar 09, 2018
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Mar 20 - Mar 23, 2018
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Huntsville , AL $1019 O
Mar 27 - Mar 30, 2018
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Apr 03 - Apr 06, 2018
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Apr 10 - Apr 13, 2018
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Las Vegas , NV $1019 O
Apr 24 - Apr 27, 2018
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May 08 - May 11, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-FRI
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May 15 - May 18, 2018
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San Francisco , CA $1019 O
May 22 - May 25, 2018
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Austin , TX $1019 O
May 29 - Jun 01, 2018
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Jun 05 - Jun 08, 2018
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Albuquerque , NM $1019 O
Jun 12 - Jun 15, 2018
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Jun 19 - Jun 22, 2018
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Philadelphia , PA $1019 O
Jun 26 - Jun 29, 2018
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New Orleans , LA $1019 O
Jun 26 - Jun 29, 2018
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Washington , DC $1019 O
Jul 10 - Jul 13, 2018
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Jul 10 - Jul 13, 2018
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Jul 24 - Jul 27, 2018
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Jul 24 - Jul 27, 2018
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San Antonio , TX $1019 O
Jul 31 - Aug 03, 2018
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Aug 07 - Aug 10, 2018
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Aug 07 - Aug 10, 2018
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Chicago , IL $1019 O
Aug 14 - Aug 17, 2018
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Denver , CO $1019 O
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Kansas City , MO $1019 O
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Atlanta , GA $1019 O
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Aug 28 - Aug 31, 2018
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Virginia Beach , VA $1019 O
Aug 28 - Aug 31, 2018
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Dallas , TX $1019 O
Sep 11 - Sep 14, 2018
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Sep 18 - Sep 21, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-FRI
Jacksonville , FL $1019 O
Sep 25 - Sep 28, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-FRI
Washington , DC $1019 O
Oct 16 - Oct 19, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-FRI
Washington , DC $1019 O
Nov 06 - Nov 09, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-FRI
Washington , DC $1019 O
Dec 11 - Dec 14, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-FRI
Washington , DC $1019 O
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Course overview

In this comprehensive course, you will learn how to correctly interpret and apply federal appropriations law to the use of appropriated funds. You will gain a solid foundation in federal government appropriations law using the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Principles of Federal Appropriations Law (Red Book), Chapters 1 through 9 as the text. At the completion of the course, you will be able to determine the availability of appropriations as to purpose, time and amount and to avoid Antideficiency Act errors. The course also explores the relationship of agency budgets to appropriations, and the propriety, timing, and legality of certain types of expenditures. Working in teams, you will gain practical experience by completing case studies that are based on actual Comptroller General Decisions.

NOTE: There are roughly 7 inches of reference books associated with this course. You may want to consider some means to ship these documents back to your office.

This course is partof the Master Certificate in Federal Financial Management (MCFFM).

This course aligns with the following DoD financial management competencies:
DoD FM CompetencyProficiency LevelHours
FinancialConcepts, Policies, and Principles 3 24
Financial Stewardship 3 8

Who should attend?

Anyone who deals with appropriations in the Federal Government, including budget analysts, accountants, auditors, contracting officers, purchase card holders and approving managers, certifying officers, program managers, and attorneys, and others who make decisions or provide advice based on an understanding of GAO's Principles of Federal Appropriations Law (Red Book). Level: Intermediate.

Learning outcomes

  • Authoritatively provide guidance to decision makers on the legality of proposed actions
  • Assess propriety of administrative decisions
  • Assist in a review of proposed in-house regulations
  • Support your agency in the legal use of annual, multi-year and no-year appropriations
  • Apply Comptroller General Decisions to organizational activities

Course outline

Day one of four

  • Chapter One--Introduction
    • Historical Perspective
    • Life Cycle of an Appropriation
    • Effect of Decisions of the Comptroller General

  • Chapter Two--The Legal Framework
    • Basic Concepts About Appropriations
    • Relationships Between Appropriations
    • Congressional Intent (The "Plain Meaning Rule")

  • Chapter Four--Availability of Appropriations: Purpose (resource-GAO Red Book)
    • Principles/Concepts
    • "Necessary Expense" Doctrine
    • Specific Purpose Authorities and Limitations
    • Attendance at Meetings
    • Attorney's Fees
    • Compensation Restrictions
    • Entertainment/Recreation/Morale/Welfare/Food
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Municipal Services
    • Group Study of Comptroller General Decisions Relating to the Above

Day two of four

  • Chapter Four--Availability of Appropriations: Purpose (Continued)
    • Gifts and Awards
    • Guard Services
    • Rewards
    • Lobbying
    • Membership Fees
    • Personal Expenses
    • State and Local Taxes
    • Telephone Services
    • Group Study of Comptroller General Decisions Relating to the Above

  • Chapter Five--Availability of Appropriations: Time (resource-GAO Red Book)
    • General Principles
    • "Bona Fide Needs" Rule
    • Concepts
    • Prior and Future Year Needs
    • Replacing and Modifying Contracts
    • Exceptions
    • Group Study of Comptroller General Decisions Related to Above

Day three of four

  • Chapter Five--Availability of Appropriations: Time (Continued)
    • Advance Payments Considerations
    • Disposition of Appropriation Balances

  • Chapter Six--Availability of Appropriations: Amount (resource-GAO Red Book)
    • Earmarking
    • Avoiding Anti-deficiency Act Violations
    • Supplemental Appropriations
    • Augmentation of Appropriations
    • Group Study of Comptroller Decisions Related to the Above

Day four of four

  • Chapter Seven--Obligation of Appropriations
    • Nature of Obligations
    • Recording Obligations and Reporting
    • Contingent Liabilities

  • Chapter Eight--Operating Under Continuing Resolutions

  • Chapter--Liability and Relief of Accountable Officers
    • General Principles
    • Physical Loss or Deficiency
    • Illegal or Improper Payment
    • Relief
    • Group Study of Comptroller Decisions Related to the Above

  • Overview of Chapter 10-Grants and Cooperative Agreements and Chapter 11-Guaranteed and Insured Loans; Overview of GAO Principles of Appropriations Law, Volume III, Overview of Volume III (not provided to students)- Claims Against the U.S.; Debt Collection; Payment of Judgments

  • Review and General Discussion of Recent Comptroller Decisions

  • End day four

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