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CFO update for the first quarter of fiscal year 2011

OCT. 1- DEC. 31, 2010

Issued: April 1, 2011

As of December 31st, the CFPB spent a total of $18 million, consisting of $2 million in outlays and $16 million in gross obligations. (1, 2) The largest outlays occurring during the first quarter were for staff detailed from and administrative services provided by other Federal agencies, including the Department of the Treasury. The largest obligations (3) occurring in the first quarter were for contract awards for IT project management ($2 million) and human resources support ($1 million).

As of December 31, the CFPB received two funding transfers from the Federal Reserve pursuant to an initial request in August 2010 for $18.40 million and a supplemental request in December 2010 for $14.37 million. In total, the CFPB received $32.77 million in funding from the Federal Reserve as of the end of the first quarter.

Outlays (in millions)

This quarter

Type Amount
CFPB Gross Outlays $2
Receipts $14

Current fiscal year to date

Type Amount
CFPB Gross Outlays $2
Receipts $14

Based on data available in the December Monthly Treasury Statement. Receipts are amounts received by the federal government.

Funding requests to the Federal Reserve (in millions)

Date Amount
August 10, 2010 $18.40
December 21, 2010 $14.37

The CFPB has received additional funding from the Federal Reserve during the second quarter, which will be reported in the CFO update for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011.


  1. For the purposes of this update, outlays include any time the CFPB issues checks, disburses cash, or makes electronic transfers of funds to pay off an obligation. Gross obligations are defined to include commitments and obligations of future disbursements. A commitment includes the reservation of funds in anticipation of a future obligation. An obligation is a definite commitment that creates a legal liability of the government for the payment of goods and services ordered or received. The difference between outlays and commitments/obligations is that outlays reflect funds that have already been spent and commitments and obligations represent future expenditures.
  2. Of the spending to date, $9.2 million was obligated in fiscal year 2010. It is anticipated that CFPB spending will increase in future quarters as the agency grows.
  3. For the purposes of this update, the largest obligations are over $1 million in a given month and do not include some obligations such as personnel expenses, inter-government transfers, or lease and utility costs.