Budget Activity

The term budget activity is normally used within the context of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and in particular it defines specific functions of Federal agencies. The term is used when these agencies transmit the Appropriations justifications, which are prepared in conjunction with the President’s submission. They identify the purpose of a function of the agency and may indicate the amount of funding requested to fulfill it. 

GAO Glossary of Terms and Definition (September 2005)

Budget Activity

A specific and distinguishable line of work performed by a governmental unit to discharge a function or subfunction for which the governmental unit is responsible. Activities within most accounts identify the purposes, projects, or types of activities financed. For example, food inspection is an activity performed in the discharge of the health function. A budget activity is presented in the Program by Activities section in the Program and Financing Schedule for each account in the President’s budget. (See also Functional Classification; for a partial distinction, see Program, Project, or Activity.)

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