7 U.S. Code § 3315 - Auditing, reporting, bookkeeping, and administrative requirements

§ 3315.
Auditing, reporting, bookkeeping, and administrative requirements
(a) In generalExcept as provided elsewhere in this Act or any other Act of Congress—
assistance provided under this chapter shall be subject to the provisions of sections 450i(e), 450i(f), and 450i(h) [1] of this title;
the Secretary shall provide that each recipient of assistance under this chapter shall submit an annual report, at such times and on such forms as the Secretary shall prescribe, stating the accomplishments of projects (on a project-by-project basis) for which such assistance was used and accounting for the use of all such assistance. If the Secretary determines that any portion of funds made available under this chapter has been lost or applied in a manner inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter or regulations issued thereunder the recipient of such funds shall reimburse the Federal Government for the funds lost or so applied, and the Secretary shall not make available to such recipient any additional funds under this Act until the recipient has so reimbursed the Federal Government;
the Secretary may retain up to 4 percent of amounts made available for agricultural research, extension, and teaching assistance programs for the administration of those programs authorized under this Act or any other Act; and
the Secretary shall establish appropriate criteria for grant and assistance approval and necessary regulations pertaining thereto.
(b) Agreements with former agricultural research facilities of the department

To the maximum extent practicable, the Secretary, for purposes of supporting ongoing research and information dissemination activities, including supporting research and those activities through co-locating scientists and other technical personnel, sharing of laboratory and field equipment, and providing financial support, shall enter into grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, or other legal instruments with former Department of Agriculture agricultural research facilities.

(c) Community food projects

The Secretary may retain, for the administration of community food projects under section 2034 of this title, 4 percent of amounts available for the projects, notwithstanding the availability of any appropriation for administrative expenses of the projects.

(d) Peer panel expenses

Notwithstanding any other provision of law regarding a competitive research, education, or extension grant program of the Department of Agriculture, the Secretary may use grant program funds, as necessary, to supplement funds otherwise available for program administration, to pay for the costs associated with peer review of grant proposals under the program.

(e) “In-kind support” defined

In any law relating to agricultural research, education, or extension activities administered by the Secretary, the term “in-kind support”, with regard to a requirement that the recipient of funds provided by the Secretary match all or part of the amount of the funds, means contributions such as office space, equipment, and staff support.

(Pub. L. 95–113, title XIV, § 1469, Sept. 29, 1977, 91 Stat. 1019; Pub. L. 105–185, title II, § 230(b), June 23, 1998, 112 Stat. 547; Pub. L. 110–234, title IV, § 4002(b)(1)(B), (2)(H), title VII, § 7132(b), May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1096, 1097, 1228; Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title IV, § 4002(b)(1)(B), (2)(H), title VII, § 7132(b), June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 1857, 1858, 1989; Pub. L. 113–79, title VII, § 7121, Feb. 7, 2014, 128 Stat. 876.)

[1]  See References in Text note below.
References in Text

For definition of “this chapter”, referred to in subsec. (a), see note set out under section 3102 of this title.

Sections 450i(e), 450i(f), and 450i(h) of this title, referred to in subsec. (a)(1), were redesignated as sections 450i(f), 450i(g), and 450i(i), respectively, by Pub. L. 101–624, title XIV, § 1497(1), Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 3630.


Pub. L. 110–234 and Pub. L. 110–246 made identical amendments to this section. The amendments by Pub. L. 110–234 were repealed by section 4(a) of Pub. L. 110–246.


2014—Subsecs. (b) to (e). Pub. L. 113–79 added subsec. (b) and redesignated former subsecs. (b) to (d) as (c) to (e), respectively.

2008—Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 110–246, § 7132(b), substituted “made available” for “appropriated”.

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 110–246, § 4002(b)(1)(B), (2)(H), made technical amendment to reference in original act which appears in text as reference to section 2034 of this title.

1998—Pub. L. 105–185, § 230(b)(1), reenacted section catchline without change, designated existing provisions as subsec. (a), and inserted heading.

Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 105–185, § 230(b)(2), added par. (3) and struck out former par. (3) which read as follows: “three per centum of the appropriations shall be retained by the Secretary for the administration of the programs authorized under this chapter; and”.

Subsecs. (b) to (d). Pub. L. 105–185, § 230(b)(3), added subsecs. (b) to (d).

Effective Date of 2008 Amendment

Amendment of this section and repeal of Pub. L. 110–234 by Pub. L. 110–246 effective May 22, 2008, the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–234, except as otherwise provided, see section 4 of Pub. L. 110–246, set out as an Effective Date note under section 8701 of this title.

Amendment by section 4002(b)(1)(B), (2)(H) of Pub. L. 110–246 effective Oct. 1, 2008, see section 4407 of Pub. L. 110–246, set out as a note under section 1161 of Title 2, The Congress.


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