You may need to consult with staff in your agency's budget office to answer these questions.
For data reliability purposes, we will request supporting budget documentation from a randomly selected list of STEM programs.
Your program may be selected to provide this documentation.
For questions in this section, please use the following definition:
An obligation is a definite commitment that creates a legal liability of the government for
the payment of goods and services ordered or received, or a legal duty on the part of the United States that
could mature into a legal liability. Payment may be made immediately or in the future. An agency incurs an
obligation, for example, when it places an order, signs a contract, awards a grant, purchases a service, or takes
other actions that require the government to make payments to the public or from one government account to another.