2010   Financial Report of the United States Government

Notes to the Financial Statements

Note 23. Commitments

Long-Term Operating Leases as of September 30
(In billions of dollars)
General Services Administration 26.1 24.8
U.S. Postal Service 7.8 7.6
Department of Health and Human Services 1.7 1.5
Department of State 1.3 1.0
Securities and Exchange Commission 1.1 0.6
Department of Agriculture 1.0 0.9
Department of Defense 0.7 0.5
Other Operating Leases 3.9 4.8
  Total long-term operating leases 43.6 41.7

The Government has entered into contractual commitments that require future use of financial resources. It has significant amounts of long-term lease obligations and undelivered orders. Undelivered orders represent the value of goods and services ordered that have not yet been received.

The Government has other contractual commitments that may require future use of financial resources. For example, the Government has callable subscriptions in certain Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), which are autonomous international financial entities that finance economic and social development projects in developing countries. Callable capital stock shares in the MDB, serve as a supplement pool of resources that may be called, and converted into ordinary paid in shares, if the MDB cannot otherwise meet certain obligations through its other available resources. MDBs are able to use callable capital as backing to obtain very favorable financing terms when borrowing from world capital markets. To date, there has never been a call on this capital for any of the major MDBs and none is anticipated.

Undelivered Orders and Other Commitments as of September 30
(In billions of dollars)
Undelivered Orders:
  Department of Defense 348.6 342.9
  Department of Education 237.5 224.5
  Department of the Treasury 144.8 156.4
  EOP Foreign Military Sales Program 112.4 103.0
  Department of Transportation 102.1 97.6
  Department of Health and Human Services 92.9 89.4
  Department of Housing and Urban Development 64.8 68.2
  Department of Agriculture 54.8 44.3
  Department of Energy 49.2 42.4
  Department of Homeland Security 37.7 35.6
  Department of State 19.2 15.0
  Agency for International Development 15.7 12.4
  National Science Foundation 11.8 11.0
  Department of Justice 11.5 11.4
  Environmental Protection Agency 11.4 12.6
  General Services Administration 10.6 7.0
  All other agencies 58.8 46.3
    Total undelivered orders 1,383.8 1,320.0
Other Commitments:
  Callable capital subscriptions for multilateral development banks 63.9 62.2
  Contract Options and Negotiations 10.2 10.2
  Fuel Purchase Obligations 7.9 8.6
  Power Purchase Obligations 5.5 7.4
  Agriculture Direct Loans and Guarantees 4.8 6.1
  Long-term Satellite and Systems 3.9 4.7
  Conservation Reserve Program 1.8 1.8
  All other commitments 6.0 4.5
    Total other commitments 104.0 105.5

Other Commitments and Risks

The U. S. Government has entered into agreements that could potentially require claims on Government resources in the future. For example, The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 (TRIA or the Act) was signed into law on November 26, 2002. This law was enacted to address market disruptions resulting from terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. On December 26, 2007, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (Reauthorization Act) was enacted extending the Program through December 31, 2014. The Act helps to ensure available and affordable commercial property and casualty insurance for terrorism risk, and simultaneously allows private markets to stabilize. The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program is activated upon the certification of an “act of terrorism” by the Secretary of the Treasury in concurrence with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General. If a certified act of terrorism occurs, insurers may be eligible to receive reimbursement from the Government for insured losses above a designated deductible amount. Insured losses above this amount will be shared between insurance companies and the Government. The Act also gives Treasury authority to recoup Federal payments made under the Program through policyholder surcharges under certain circumstances and contains provisions designed to manage litigation arising from or relating to a certified act of terrorism. There were no claims under TRIA as of September 30, 2010, or September 30, 2009.


As of September 30, 2009, other commitments were reduced by $290.2 billion to correct for errors by Treasury and Department of Homeland Security. Treasury removed $289.4 billion related to activity with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since commitments relating to such were already disclosed in Note 11—Investments in and Liabilities to Government-Sponsored Enterprises from other commitments.

Last Updated:  December 07, 2011