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What is Delegation of Signing Authority? What responsibilities can be delegated?

The Delegation of Signing Authority is a temporary transfer of expenditure decision-making authority to a staff member who has the necessary skill and knowledge to effectively exercise this control.

This transfer of authority does not include expense reimbursements and is permitted only if there are no restrictions from the Granting Agency policy, the Guide to Financial Management or the Policy on Approval and Execution of Contracts and Documents.

The delegation of authority should be in writing, for a specified term and limited to the accounts (Funds Center, Sub-ordinate Funds Centers and associated Funds) listed in the signing authority form.

The delegation, once implemented, should be communicated across the division/department and should be available easily.

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Last Updated:  October 2, 2020