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Obligation Control Level

As specified on congressional and internal base tables, the level at which obligations are to be controlled; an administrative upper limit placed on obligations or expenditures that may be incurred for a specific program, project, or activity. Obligation control levels are identified in base tables and are derived from tables accompanying conference reports and from internal controls established for more effective program management. This type of restriction is subject to DOE (rather than statutory) rules and penalties. Obligation control levels can be imposed by Congress, OMB, or internal DOE management. Levels specified in AFPs may not be exceeded. (See the DOE Accounting Handbook, Chapter 2, Administrative Control of Funds, for information on penalties for exceeding obligation control levels.)

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