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Schedule of Spending

Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services
December 16, 2013


The Schedule of Spending (SOS) presents an overview of how much money is available to spend and how or on what that money was spent. The term "spend", as used in this report, means obligated. Obligation means a legally binding agreement that will result in outlays, immediately or in the future. In layman's terms, obligations are incurred when you place an order, sign a contract, award a grant, purchase a service, or take other actions that require the Government to make payments to the public or from one Government account to another. It does not equate to expenses as reported in the Statement of Net Cost. The data used to prepare this report is the same underlying data used to prepare the Statement of Budgetary Resources (SBR).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) makes available a searchable website,, that provides information on federal awards of contracts and grants and is accessible to the public at no cost. When comparing data to the SOS one must take into account that the website has a fundamentally different purpose and, as such, there are differences that include but are not limited to personnel compensation, travel, utilities and leases, intra-departmental and interagency spending, and various other categories of financial awards. As a result, data will differ from the Schedule of Spending.

The Department's total resources for the year ended September 30, 2013, were $60.6 billion. During FY 2013, the Department spent $38.7 billion of these resources as summarized below (dollars in millions).

Schedule of Spending
For the Year Ended September 30, 2013
(dollars in millions)
  Administration of Foreign Affairs International Organizations International Commissions Foreign Assistance Other Total
What Money is Available to Spend?            
Total Resources $33,745 $3,453 $224 $2,738 $20,404 $60,564
Less Amount Available but Not Agreed to be Spent 9,677 269 75 654 9,688 20,363
Less Amount Not Available to be Spent 872 7 139 492 1,510
Total Amounts Agreed to be Spent $23,196 $3,184 $142 $1,945 $10,224 $38,691

How was the Money Spent/Issued?
Personnel Compensation
and Benefits
$6,922 $— $25 $9 $274 $7,230
Contractual Services and Supplies 11,391 47 1,170 1,500 14,108
Acquisition of Assets 1,759 29 6 70 1,864
Grants and Fixed Charges 1,704 3,175 32 674 8,076 13,661
Other 1,420 9 9 86 304 1,828
Total Amounts Agreed to be Spent $23,196 $3,184 $142 $1,945 $10,224 $38,691


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