Interagency Agreement with the Department of Energy for Online Research and Education Information Service
B-301561: Jun 14, 2004
Submission from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and subsequent informal contacts with AFOSR and the Department of Energy (DOE) did not provide the information needed to definitively address whether AFOSR could use fiscal year 1999 funds to pay a voucher for amounts owed under an agreement with DOE to implement a governmentwide online research, education, and information service. GAO letter responding to AFOSR discusses the various funding options depending on different scenarios that would require using fiscal year 1998 or 1999 funds, or both. Under account closing laws, fiscal year 1998 funds are now closed, so, to the extent payments should have been charged to fiscal year 1998, AFOSR would need to use current funds to pay the voucher. Fiscal year 1999 funds are expired but will not be closed until September 30, 2004, so under 31 U.S.C. 1553(a) the appropriation account is still available to pay that part of the vouchered amount attributable to fiscal year 1999 funds.