Certifying and Other Accountable Officers in Agencies

Learn the legal and operational aspects of the duties and responsibilities of certifying, and other accountable officers who are appointed as “accountable officers” of the Treasury, including departmental accountable officials in the DoD. Attendees will review and discuss comptroller general decisions relating to responsibilities for proper certification of payments, financial liability, and relief of liability.

Learning Objectives

This course covers:

  • Importance of certifying officer activities and the consequences, particularly personal financial liability, for certifying improper or illegal payments
  • Description of an “accountable officer”
  • Duties and responsibilities of accountable officers
  • A review of U.S. statutes relating to designation, liability and relief of liability of accountable officers
  • The payment process that includes funds control officers, contracting officers, travel card holders, purchase card holders and approving officials, and certifying officers

Related Courses

  • Anti-Deficiency Act Statutes
  • Appropriations Law Principles
  • Appropriations Law Refresher
  • Field(s) of Study

    Business Law

    Course Length

    1 day

    Course Level



    Herko, John

    CPE Hours


    Group Cost

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