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Effort Guidelines

Time and Effort Certification

Longwood faculty and staff who have either charged effort directly to a sponsored project or who have committed cost shared effort to a sponsored project are required by federal regulations to verify and certify to such effort.

The University uses a plan-confirmation system to meet the federal requirements for reporting personnel effort. Under the plan-confirmation method, salaries and wages are initially distributed to activities based on estimates of the individual’s planned effort. The employee’s effort distribution must be adjusted for any significant changes in actual effort and the actual effort of the employee must then be certified on an after-the-fact basis.