Effort Certification Records

Records that document cost-sharing activities and expenses charged to federal grants and contracts cost related to federally sponsored projects.



Retention Period

Retain for three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial reports. The exceptions are the following: 1. If any litigation, claim, or audit is started before the expiration of the three-year period, the records shall be retained until all litigation, claims, or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken. 2. Records for real property and equipment acquired with Federal funds shall be retained for three years after final disposition.


34 C.F.R. 74.53

Disposition Instructions

Confidential destruction is required. Paper must be shredded, pulped, or incinerated; electronic records must be overwritten or the storage media physically destroyed. Deletion of information in computer files or on electronic storage media is not sufficient.

Last Updated: December 31, 2008