Are there any regulations prohibiting or allowing a program office to fund the development & Mods of a capability from two different ACAT II programs? If so, what are those regulations? Is there any example from other program offices where this has been done? Thank you so much
First, it is recommended that the PM consult with the organization's general counsel before taking action.
31 U.S.C. 1301 (Misappropriation Legal Language) stipulates that the U.S. Treasury cannot provide payment of funds except under the auspices of an appropriation derived from an act of Congress. Specifically, 31 U.S.C. 1301(a) articulates "that public funds may be used only for the purpose or purposes for which appropriated." The statute prohibits charging authorized items to the wrong appropriation and unauthorized items to any appropriation.
Further, 31 U.S.C. 1301(a) articulates that appropriations shall be applied only to the objects for which the appropriations were made except as otherwise provided by law. The agency's budget request is an essential reference standard for deciding the proper purpose and the relationship of expenditure to an appropriation. A three-part test for determining the appropriate purpose for spending appropriated funds is:
- The expense must directly contribute to carrying out a specific appropriation;
- The expenditure is not prohibited by law; and
- The expenditure is not otherwise provided for; that is, it must not be an item that falls within the scope of some other appropriation or statutory funding scheme.