This chapter prescribes accounts relating to the government's financial operations. The Department of the Treasury (Treasury), Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) assign the accounts to agencies.
Title 31 United States Code 3513 prescribes authority for regulations governing this chapter.
Fiscal Service, in collaboration with OMB and the relevant administrative agency, assigns, amends, and discontinues account symbols and titles. Treasury Account Symbols (TAS) represent individual appropriation, receipt, and other fund accounts for agencies and bureaus. Agencies post appropriations or spending authorizations granted by Congress to these accounts. They use TAS to report to Treasury and OMB. Fiscal Service establishes or changes new Treasury Appropriation Fund Symbols (TAFS) derived from annual appropriation bills without an agency request. TAFS refer to the separate Treasury expenditure accounts for each appropriation title based on the availability of the resources in the account. TAFS are a combination of a TAS and availability code (for example, annual, multi-year, or no-year). TAFS refer only to the appropriation and fund accounts and exclude the receipt accounts.
For new account actions pursuant to authorizing legislation, agencies must submit a letter of request to [Office or Branch]. Steps in establishing new accounts include:
Agencies should submit all account action requests to Fiscal Service as early in the current month as possible to allow for timely agency reporting the following month. Fiscal Service assigns account symbols and titles, fund groups, and fund account definitions per the principles and guidelines in Title 7 of the General Accounting Office’s (GAO's) Policy and Procedures Manual for Guidance of Federal Agencies.
Fiscal Service provides a listing of all assigned symbols and titles in the FAST Book, which is a supplement to the Treasury Financial Manual (TFM). Two versions of the FAST Book are available. FAST Book I displays the two-digit department regular code and FAST Book II displays the three-digit agency identifier code that eventually will replace the two-digit department regular code.
Note: While the Central Accounting Reporting System (CARS) uses both string TAS and component TAS structures, for purposes of this TFM chapter, the string TAS (2-digit) structure will be referenced.
String TAS refers to non-CARS reporters that do not transmit TAS/BETC on transactions. Full CARS reporters transmit TAS/BETC on all transactions using the component TAS with 3-digit Agency identifier.
To remove an account or agency from the FAST Book, agencies must contact Fiscal Service’s Budget and Appropriation Analysis Section (BAAS) and send a letter of request including justification and supporting legislation--see the Contacts section.
When one or more TAS are established by BAAS, Business Lines and Business Event Type Codes (BETC) formerly known as subclasses are automatically assigned to each TAS. These assignments are based on the fund type and serve as a means for agencies to track account activity by type (payments, disbursements, collections, etc.)
After receiving an agency’s letter of request for a new or existing TAS, BAAS will evaluate the proper BETC combination(s) to be used and compare its findings with what has been requested by the agency. Inconsistencies will be discussed with the agency and reconciled, after which BAAS will proceed to update CARS with the appropriate business line and/or BETC codes. BAAS will also prepare a response via return email informing the agency that the BETC process has been completed.
Treasury Account Symbols are the cornerstones for reporting the government’s financial transactions. Fiscal Service classifies receipt or expenditure accounts and assigns them to a fund group based on their characteristics, as well as the nature of the transactions they support. Fund groups for receipt and expenditure accounts are detailed in subsections 1525.10 and 1530.10, respectively. Fiscal Service and OMB classify transactions within fund groups by categorically assigning numeric or alphanumeric account/symbols (or combinations thereof). Fiscal Service assigns account symbols to agencies after considering the government’s relationship to the accounts, the source of the receipts, and the availability of the funds for expenditure. Within CARS, Fiscal Service classifies receipt and expenditure accounts as described in the subsections below.
Fiscal Service credits general fund receipt accounts which are not classified as dedicated collections as defined by law for a specific purpose.
Fiscal Service credits special fund receipt accounts with receipts from specific sources collected by law for specific purposes. At the point of collection, these receipts either are available immediately or unavailable for expenditures depending upon statutory requirements (see subsections 1525.20 and 1525.30).
Fiscal Service credits trust fund receipt accounts with receipts generated by the terms of a trust agreement or statute that designates a fund as a trust fund. At the point of collection, these receipts either are available immediately or unavailable for expenditure depending upon statutory requirements, the terms of the trust agreement, and/or other provisions of law (see subsections 1525.20 and 1525.30).
Fiscal Service establishes clearing and/or default accounts to temporarily hold unidentifiable general, special, or trust fund collections that belong to the federal government until they are classified to the proper receipt or expenditure account by the receiving entity. An “F” preceding the last four digits of a fund's TAS identifies these accounts. Clearing and/or default accounts consist of the "3500 - 3800" series fund group preceded by the two-digit department regular code. Refer to Bulletin 2017-10. Agencies should use the following accounts:
Fiscal Service establishes general fund expenditure accounts to record amounts appropriated by Congress for the general support of the government.
Fiscal Service establishes consolidated working fund accounts to receive (and subsequently disburse) advance payments from other agencies or bureaus through provisions of law.
Fiscal Service establishes management fund accounts, which are working fund accounts authorized by law, to facilitate accounting for the administration of intragovernmental activities other than a continuing cycle of operations.
Fiscal Service establishes revolving fund accounts to record funds authorized by specific provisions of law to finance a continuing cycle of business-type operation. The receipts are credited directly to the revolving fund as offsetting collections and are available for expenditure without further action by Congress. Fiscal Service classifies the receipts as:
Fiscal Service establishes special fund expenditure accounts to record amounts appropriated from special fund receipts. Agencies may expend these receipts for special programs according to specific provisions of law.
Fiscal Service establishes trust fund expenditure accounts to record amounts appropriated from trust fund receipts. Agencies may expend these receipts for specific purposes or programs according to the terms of a trust agreement or statute.
Fiscal Service establishes a trust revolving or a trust non-revolving fund when a statute authorizes such funds. The period of availability may determine whether they are revolving or non-revolving (see subsection 1520.45).
Fiscal Service establishes allocation accounts to receive (and subsequently obligate and disburse) allocations treated as non-expenditure transactions. These accounts carry symbols identified with the original appropriation from which monies were advanced. An allocation account is symbolized by adding the receiving agency’s two-digit department regular code to the original appropriation or fund account symbol. A bureau suffix identifies that the transfer is to a particular office or bureau within the receiving department. For example, 14 20X1234.010 represents a transfer of funds that was initially appropriated to Department 20 (Treasury) and allocated to Bureau 10 (National Park Service) within Department 14 (Interior).
Normally, receipt account symbols consist of six digits, except for receipt clearing accounts and available receipt accounts. The first two digits identify the agency administratively responsible for the receipts. The last four digits identify the account within that fund group. Receipt accounts fall within the following categories: governmental or budget, proprietary, and intragovernmental. Governmental or budget receipts arise from the sovereign and regulatory powers unique to government. Proprietary receipts are derived from market-oriented or business-like activities. Intragovernmental receipts are payments from one government account to another. For further detail on the types of receipts, refer to OMB Circular No. A-11, Section 20.7. The following is an example of the numbering scheme generally associated with available receipts.
|Two-digit department regular code||020–(Treasury)|
|Sub-numbers|| .001 (Gifts and Bequests)
.002 (Earnings on Investment)
Fiscal Service classifies receipt accounts and assigns symbols by fund groups and major classes as follows:
|General fund Receipt Accounts:
| Gains resulting from government participation
|Receipts from monetary power||0600|
|Fees from regulatory and judicial services||0800|
|Fines, penalties, and forfeitures||1000|
| Restitutions, reparations, and recoveries under military
|Gifts and contributions||1200|
|Dividends and other earnings||1600|
|Rent, including bonuses||1800|
|Sale of products||2200|
| Fees and other charges for services and special
|Sale of government property||2600|
|Negative subsidies and downward re-estimate of subsidies||2670-2799|
|Realization upon loans and investments||2800–2900|
|Recoveries and refunds||3000|
|Special fund receipt accounts||5000–5999|
|Trust fund receipt accounts||8000–8999|
Available receipts are special or trust fund receipts that, pursuant to law, are available as appropriations to a single agency for expenditure without further congressional action. In some fund accounts, use is restricted to investment only or is precluded by a limitation or benefit formula. An available receipt account carries the same symbolization as its corresponding expenditure account, except that an “X” is inserted to indicate the period of availability of such funds for obligation. However, in special circumstances involving dedicated collections for current year obligations and expenditures, these funds are placed in an unavailable receipt account until Fiscal Service prepares a warrant to move the funds to a current fiscal year expenditure account.
See Treasury Department General Accounting Office Joint Regulation No. 3 in the GAO’s Policy and Procedures Manual for Guidance of Federal Agencies, Title 7, Appendix II.
Unavailable receipts are receipts that, at the time of collection, are not appropriated and not immediately available for expenditure. This is because:
Unappropriated receipts held in special and trust fund receipt accounts are unavailable for expenditure until appropriated pursuant to specific legislative provisions. Unappropriated receipts sometimes are invested. In these circumstances, Treasury designates the fund as “available only for investment.” See subsection 1525.20.
Expenditure account symbols consist of eight or more digits. Using the string TAS format, the first two digits identify the agency responsible for the account. The next digits or characters represent the period of availability for obligation. The last four digits identify the specific account by fund group. The following example illustrates the various parts of a Treasury Account Symbol for a salaries and expense account for the Department of Treasury.
|Two-digit department regular code||20–(Dept. of Treasury)|
|Period of availability|| 17 (Fiscal 2017 annual year account)
17/18 (Fiscal 2017/2018 multiple year account)
X (No-year appropriation)
Fiscal Service classifies expenditure accounts and assigns symbols by fund groups as follows:
|Fund Group||Major Class|
|Management and consolidated working funds||3900–3999|
|Trust non-revolving fund||8000–8399 and 8500–8999|
|Trust revolving fund||8400–8499|
The account symbol designates the period of availability for incurring obligations as follows:
Fiscal Service establishes deposit fund accounts to record monies that do not belong to the federal government. Deposit funds are a liability in the government’s central summary general ledger since those assets do not belong to the government. The deposit fund account (liability) classification is proper for any account that meets one of the following three criteria:
To maintain accountability, agencies must establish separate deposit fund accounts to hold non-government monies for individual statutory authorizations or programs. Deposit funds, which are for monies not owned by the government, are not included in the federal budget. If an agency is uncertain about the ownership of monies, it should ask its Treasury and OMB contacts for guidance.
Each agency should review its deposit fund accounts periodically, but at least quarterly, and should take whatever corrective action may be necessary to address problems identified. At a minimum, these reviews should determine whether all monies held in a deposit fund account are consistent with the title of, as well as the legal authority for, the account, and that the account has a positive balance. If a federal disbursing officer overdisburses a deposit fund, an Anti-Deficiency Act violation has occurred and must be reported to OMB promptly. See Volume I, Part 6, Chapter 3000 for procedures on reviewing unclaimed money accounts, such as escrow accounts for loans.
The following deposit funds are available to all agencies:
Direct inquiries concerning this chapter to:
Department of the Treasury
Bureau of the Fiscal Service
Budget Reports Division
3201 Pennsy Drive, Building E
Landover, MD 20785
Other useful resources include:
OMB A-11 Inquiries:
Refer to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-11 for a detailed explanation of terminology and budget instructions.