I have heard the term "non-appropriated funds" in recent meetings. I'm
embarrassed to ask what these are, as I don't want my peers to think that I'm not in-the-know. Can you please help me out?
There is nothing worse than not knowing all the
government lingo and then having to sit through all the
drivel without even being able to follow the conversation.
I've been there, but I've always been the one who interrupted and
asked the question. Sometimes it's
served me well and other times, not so well, so I'm glad you came to me first.
Most people are unaware, but there are several
day-to-day services in government that use that use "non-appropriated funds" for their operation. For the record, these have nothing to do with "inappropriate funds," the kind that might be, say, kept in a freezer.
Generally, but not exclusively, the accounting
practices and financial statements that relate to federal entities are financed
by annual or periodic appropriations by Congress.
While appropriations-funded agency operations are in the
preponderance, several federal activities that provide intragovernmental
services and goods, spending billions of dollars annually, are financed by other
than annual appropriations, hence the name "non-appropriated fund"
Typically you will find non-appropriated funds within
the Department of Defense (DoD). These funds generated by DoD military
and civilian personnel and their dependents and used to augment funds
appropriated by the Congress to provide a comprehensive, morale-building
welfare, religious, educational, and recreational program, designed to improve
the well-being of military and civilian personnel and their dependents.
Now you are in the know, so you can hang with the big dawgs.
Yours in Gov,
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