Appropriations Law Seminar

Gain an overview of key appropriations law concepts and principles based on the GAO’s Principles of Federal Appropriations Law (the Red Book) with emphasis on comptroller general decisions and reported Anti-Deficiency Act violations.

Learning Objectives

This course covers:

  • Terminology from GAO’s A Glossary of Terms Used in the Federal Budget Process
  • Basic principles and concepts surrounding federal appropriations law
  • Limitations of an agency’s discretion in the absence of specific guidance
  • Availability of funds relating to purpose, time and amount of appropriations
  • Fundamental importance of proper obligations
  • Length, amount and limitations of continuing resolutions
  • Categories of accountable officers
  • Liability and relief of liability of accountable officers for losses of funds or improper payments

Related Courses

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

    Business Law

    Course Length

    4 days

    Course Level



    Herko, John

    CPE Hours


    Group Cost

    Questions? or 703.684.6931, ext. 303.