Department of State--United Nations Peacekeeping Credits
B-325350: Apr 30, 2014
The Department of State's (State) obligation of amounts in the Contributions for International Peacekeeping Activities (CIPA) appropriation for fiscal year 2013 complies with a limitation contained in the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2012, as carried forward by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013. The limiting proviso prohibits State from obligating appropriated CIPA funds in excess of a United Nations (UN) assessment rate of 27.1415 percent.
When a UN member country does not pay its full assessed rate on a peacekeeping mission, the UN applies excess funds from previous peacekeeping missions as credits. Once State makes a payment to the UN for the United States' assessed peacekeeping contribution, such amounts become UN funds and are no longer federal funds subject to any limitations in federal laws. As UN peacekeeping credits are not funds provided in the FY 2013 CIPA appropriation, State may obligate amounts in the FY 2013 CIPA appropriation without regard to the UN's issuance of peacekeeping credits.