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CFO update for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012

OCT. 1 – DEC. 31, 2011

Issued: January 20, 2012

In the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, beginning October 1, 2011 and ending December 31, 2011, the CFPB spent a total of $102 million (including commitments, obligations, and outlays for FY 2012. (1,2)) The largest expenditures were for employee compensation and benefits. Some expenses incurred in the first quarter capture the estimated full-year costs of certain activities, such as $19.7 million to the Department of the Treasury for information technology and other administrative support services; and $7.6 million to the Bureau of the Public Debt for the cross servicing of various human resource and financial management services, including core financial accounting, transaction processing, travel, and payroll.

Individual obligations to non-governmental vendors over $1 million made during the quarter were $3.7 million for information technology programs and project management support, $2.4 million for continued cloud-based hosting and computing services, and $3.0 million for support services for consumer response centers.

In fiscal years 2010 and 2011, the CFPB received six funds transfers from the Federal Reserve, totaling $180.2 million. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, the CFPB received one funds transfer of $94.3 million. The amounts and dates the transfers were received are shown below.

Funds transfers received from the Federal Reserve (in millions)

Fiscal Year 2010

August 12, 2010: $18.4

Fiscal Year 2011

December 21, 2010: $14.4

March 10, 2011: $27.9

June 7, 2011: $74.5

July 21, 2011: $14.4

September 28, 2011: $30.6

Fiscal Year Total: $161.8

Fiscal Year 2012

October 10, 2011: $94.3


  1. Definitions. For the purposes of this update, outlays are payments that result any time the CFPB issues checks, disburses cash, or makes electronic transfers of funds to pay off an obligation. A commitment is a reservation of funds in anticipation of a future obligation. An obligation is a transaction or agreement that creates a legal liability and obligates the government to pay for goods and services ordered or received. The difference between outlays and commitments or obligations is that outlays reflect funds that have already been paid out while commitments and obligations represent future expenditures.
  2. The amounts in this report are based on unaudited financial statements.