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    What is the appropriate fund type in support of this initiative/program? Is O&M,MC an appropriate fund type to use in support of this initiative/program? Thanks!


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    My reading and understanding of the DoD Financial Management Regulation (FMR) 7000.14-R makes me seriously question whether any appropriated funds (which O&M, MC funds are) can be used for this effort.  Congress is very specific about what appropriated funds can be used for and the Misappropriations Act makes it illegal to use appropriated funds for anything other than what Congress has authorized.  Therefore, it is my professional opinion that the only funds that could be used to partner in the STEM initiative would be non-appropriated funds.
     
    With that being said, here are two suggestions:  First, OSD has an office that is responsible for facilitating and fostering collaboration between DoD organizations and STEM Programs, I suggest that you contact that office to evaluate potential options for funding, or involvement with, the schools at MCB Camp Pendleton, CA.  That office can be reached by e-mailing the DoD STEM Education and Outreach Programs - STEM Development Office – at STEM@osd.mil or call them at (703) 588-1479.  Finally, we most strongly recommend that you contact your local comptroller organization and your legal consul for more information and their policy interpretation of this issue.

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