Use of Appropriated Funds to Purchase Light Refreshments at Conferences, B-288266, January 27, 2003
B-288266: Jan 27, 2003
Purports to authorize federal agencies to pay for light refreshments at official government-sponsored conferences where a majority of the attendees are in travel status. 41 C.F.R. While GSA is authorized to define subsistence for travelers to include light refreshments. GSA does not have the authority to authorize agencies to pay for light refreshments for those not in travel status. 2. The Comptroller General is required to settle the accounts of the United States. 31 U.S.C. Certifying officers are afforded protection from personal liability by relying on decisions of the Comptroller General concerning the legality of payments disbursing officers may make. Appropriated funds are not available to feed government employees at their duty station.