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  • appropriations

    Statutory authority provided by an act of Congress that permits federal agencies to incur obligations and make payments from the Treasury. An appropriation usually follows enactment of authorizing legislation. An appropriation act is the most common means of providing Budget Authority (BA). (See Budget Authority (BA)). Appropriations do not represent cash actually set aside in the Treasury, they represent limitations of amounts that agencies may obligate during a specified time period.

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