Appropriations Law Refresher and Update

This course supports the correct usage of federally appropriated funds to ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations by refreshing the participant’s knowledge of appropriations law basics and reviewing the latest changes and developments. Using recent GAO case decisions, the course explores hot-button issues to revisit the key concepts of appropriations law and identify changes in policy and their impact. The course also helps to maintain the participant’s ability to avoid Antideficiency Act violations, which can, in many cases, lead to negative audit and congressional reports.

NOTE: This course is a refresher and update, not a substitute for the Appropriations Law Seminar.

Who Takes This Course

This course is designed for everyone who attended the Appropriations Law Seminar more than three years ago.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize and apply changes to appropriations law
  • Maintain a solid understanding of the fundamental principles of appropriations law

Course Topics

The Legal Framework

  • Introduction
  • Appropriations and Committees
  • Impoundment Actions: Deferrals and Rescissions
  • Who Interprets Appropriations Law?
  • Appropriations Law Research
  • Charging the Correct Appropriation
  • Transfers and Reprogramming
  • Laws: Constancy, Conflict, and Confusion
  • Regulations
  • Lesson Wrap-Up


  • Purpose Refresher
  • Training
  • Expenses of Non-federals at Meetings
  • Legal Expenses
  • Food for Federal Employees
  • Food Service Equipment
  • Meetings
  • Fines and Penalties
  • Gifts and Awards
  • Insurance
  • Lobbying
  • Memberships Refresher
  • Personal Expenses
  • Taxes and Fees
  • Telephone Services
  • Purpose Law Violations and the Antideficiency Act
  • Purpose Case Studies
  • Lesson Wrap-Up

Time and Amount and Miscellaneous Topics

  • Time
  • Amount
  • The Antideficiency Act: Updates
  • Obligations
  • Other Topics
  • Lesson Wrap-Up

Graded Activities

The final exam must be completed with a grade of 70% or higher.


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Course Number: 5157
Tuition: $649
Duration: 2 days
Delivery Method: Instructor-led live classroom
CEUs: 1.3
CLPs: 16
NASBA CPE Credits: 16
NASBA Level: Update
NASBA Field of Study:
Business Law
Course Format:

Lecture, group discussion, case studies, and exam.

Professional Certification:

This course applies towards the DoD FM Certification Program.

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