Financial Management

Line of Accounting

A Line of Accounting (LOA) is the funding associated with a federal organization’s budget. By understanding the elements that comprise an LOA, you can determine the Service designator, fiscal year, appropriation, subhead, object class, plant UIC, sub-allotment, authorized accounting activity, transaction type, and Work Breakdown Statement (WBS) element/cost element.

Definition: A Line of Accounting is used to identify the funding source associated with an organization’s budget to ensure accurate accounting transactions.

Line of Accounting (LOA) Methods

Each of the various federal agencies has a different method for cost accounting. A typical string of accounting data found on a requirements document is 30 to 40 characters in length. Each of these characters is broken out differently in accordance with the accounting practices of the providing agency. However, the first 9 digits are the same for all agencies. The Appropriations Code is tied to the Appropriation Categories

Example Line of Accounting (LOA)

Account#: AA1701506U5B1253001900501202D00000A00000039869

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Line of Accounting (LOA) Service Designator Code

  • Air Force 57
  • Army 21
  • Navy 17
  • DoD 97

See Fund Site Breakdown for another example

Standard Line of Accounting (LOA)

The DoD transitioned to the Standard LOA on April 1, 2022, Fund Codes are no longer being used except by services that require them. At this time, only the Air Force requires Fund Codes. Therefore, each Agency now needs to research and determine the availability period for all appropriations.

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Updated: 6/27/2023

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