TeachMeFinance.com - explain outlays
outlays -- Spending made to pay a federal obligation. Outlays may pay for obligations
incurred in previous fiscal years or in the current year; therefore, they flow in part from unexpended
balances of prior-year budget authority and in part from budget authority provided for the current year.
For most categories of spending, outlays are recorded when payments are made or when cash is disbursed
from the Treasury. However, outlays
for interest on debt held by the public are recorded when the interest is earned, and outlays for direct
loans and loan guarantees (since credit reform) reflect estimated subsidy costs instead of cash
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