Delinquency on Federal Debt

This federal assurance/certification requirement, designed to prevent people and organizations from benefiting from federal programs while delinquent in repaying other federal programs, applies to all federal funding. For individuals, the assurance is usually provided by checking a box on a proposal application form. For institutional awards, the institution must certify that it is not delinquent.

If an individual or institution is found to be delinquent, funding could be withheld or reduced by the delinquent amount.