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This specially developed program is a comprehensive treatment of the most important fiscal law principles private industry and Government personnel must know. The program covers the entire budgetary process, from budget submission to contract for payment - how it moves forward and evolves at each key step.

  • Comprehensive training on the key principles of Federal appropriations and fiscal law.
  • Detailed coverage of the budgetary process enabling you to track high-dollar programs from proposal to authorization to appropriation.
  • Contractor financing methods and payment procedures.
  • How violations of the Antideficiency Act are identified, reported, and investigated.
  • Operations during funding gaps and continuing resolutions.
  • The impact of Federal appropriations law on the rights of contractors.
  • Changes in the process due to the Acquisition Streamlining Statutes.

The program begins with a review of the process by which agencies receive budget authority, the requirement to account for and administratively subdivide appropriated amounts, and the manner in which agencies commit funds and record obligations. In addition, the program details the limitations that Congress places on appropriated funds as to time, purpose and amount, and explains how violations of the Antideficiency Act are identified, reported and investigated. The program also covers operations during funding gaps and continuing resolutions, the impact of Federal appropriations law on the rights of contractors, and highlights changes in the process that have resulted from FASA, FARA, and other recent legislation.

In addition to detailed lectures, you will receive a valuable written text of materials-for use during the program and as a guide to the appropriations, budgetary and fiscal law processes.

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An Overview of Fiscal Law

a. Constitutional Issues

b. The Federal Appropriations Process

c. Executive Agency Accounting Systems

d. Framework for Analyzing a Fiscal Problem

e. Available Resources

 

2. Obligating Appropriated Funds

a. Formal Commitment Accounting

b. General Rules of Obligation

c. Recording Particular Obligations

d. Recording Adjustments to Obligations

e. Special Rules Pertaining to Terminated Contracts

f. Advanced Rules of Obligations

g. Recording Obligations Under Options

 

3. Purpose Limitations

a. Statutory Basis

b. How to Identify an Appropriations Purpose

c. Augmentation of Appropriations

d. Expense/Investment Threshold

e. Other Purpose Issues

 

4. Time Limitations

a. Determining the Period of Availability

b. How Replacement Contracts Are Funded

c. The Bona Fide Need Rule

d. Multiyear Funds and Multiyear Contracts

e. Use of Expired and Closed Appropriations

 

5. Amount Limitations

a. An Overview of the Antideficiency Act (ADA)

b. Apportionment Limitations

c. Limitations Pertaining to Administrative Subdivisions

d. Appropriation Level Limitations

e. Contractor Recovery When ADA Is Violated

f. Accepting Voluntary Services

g. Voluntary Creditor Rules

h. Sanctions for ADA Violations

i. Investigating ADA VIolations

 

6. Continuing Resolutions and Funding Lapses

a. Introduction and Overview

b. Operations During Funding Lapses

c. Operations Under Continuing Resolutions

 

7. Payment and Collection

a. Contract Financing After FASA

b. Working with the Prompt Payment Act

c. Assignment of Claims

d. Debt Collection Methods

Kenneth J Allen
Ken worked in the federal government for 37 years (31 as a lawyer).  He served in the Army either active or reserve from 1970 until retirement in 2002, and in the civil service from 1984 to 2007.  His last twenty years in government were spent in government contracting and grants, and his last ten years included duties as a Special Assistance United Attorney with an emphasis on contract fraud.  In 2007 Ken retired from government and became the General Counsel of a defense contractor.  In 2009 he retired (again) and now teaches and writes on government contracting subjects.
Since 1995 Ken has been a frequent educator for government and private training organizations, including the Army Management Staff College, Army War College, and Naval Postgraduate School (for whom he teaches best practices in defense contracting at the NPS campus in Monterey CA and at several overseas locations).  He has authored over 50 training programs on topics that include government contracting, subcontracting, contract interpretation, federal appropriations and fiscal law, the fiscal law of government contracting, the Antideficiency Act, federal grants, trial advocacy, and legal ethics.   
Ken is the author of Thomson Reuters’ Contract Interpretation Handbook, A Guide to Avoiding and Resolving Government Contract Disputes, How to Read a Government Contract, and Federal Grant Practice.  He has recently authored several articles on government contracting in the National Contract Management Associations’ Contract Management magazine (June 2016, December 2015, November 2015) and in Thomson Reuters’ Briefing Papers (May 2016 and March 2015).  He has addressed national conventions of the National Contract Management Association (Worldwide Conference 2016), the American Society of Military Comptrollers, and Thomson Reuters’ Government Contracts Year in Review (2016, 2015, 2014).
 
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