This law (Public Law 100.463, Section 8136) is intended to give the federal government public credit for federally funded programs and projects.

It requires federal grant recipients to include funding information on all publications related to projects that use federal funds, including statements, press releases, signs at construction sites, requests for proposals, bid solicitations, and other documents that describe projects or programs funded in whole or in part with federal money. The information must state the following:

  • Total cost of the program
  • Dollar amount of federal funds used

This law applies to grants and cooperative agreements but not to contracts. It does not apply to subcontracts, but it may apply to subawards. Academic publications (peer-reviewed journals, presentations to professional groups) resulting from the project research are not required to include this information.

Although no sanctions are specified for noncompliance, failure to comply could be considered a breach of responsibilities and may result in termination, suspension, or debarment.