Office of Natural Resources Revenue--Disbursement of Mineral Royalties
B-321729, Nov 2, 2011
The Department of Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue may disburse to Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), an Alaska corporation, funds it received in the resolution of two court actions involving mineral leases where such funds represent royalty payments due to CIRI. When funds received by a federal agency do not represent "money for the Government," the miscellaneous receipts statute, 31 U.S.C. 3302(b), does not apply, and such funds may be disbursed to CIRI without the need for an appropriation.
The royalties that ONRR holds as a result of the resolution of two court actions represent payments due and owing to CIRI under ANCSA. Such funds do not constitute "money for the Government"; therefore, the miscellaneous receipts statute does not apply and the funds may be disbursed without the need for an appropriation.