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Delegations of Authority Overview

What are Delegations of Authority?


  • Formal assignment of legal power to make decisions and take actions;
  • Documentation of responsibility for decision making and expenditure of funds;
  • Administration of day-to-day operations (personnel, property, travel, training, etc.);
  • Tell you who, what, where, and why:
    • Who is delegating and receiving the authority?
    • What authority is being delegated?
    • Where can this authority be used?
    • Why has the authority been implemented

What Does the Delegations of Authority Program Provide?


  • Assistance and policy guidance to NIH DoA Issuing Offices and program managers with research, development, review, and issuance of all new and revised NIH-level DoAs.
  • Maintenance of official files for all NIH DoAs signed by the NIH Director or other senior NIH officials and issued through the NIH DoA database.
  • Access and guidance for the DoA Database and Delegations-L listserv.
  • Liaison to Senior level DHHS managers in the coordination of management initiatives and activities.
  • Coordination with IC DoA Coordinators and HR SMEs.

 Where is NIH's Current List of Delegations?

All current NIH Delegations from the NIH Director to senior NIH officials are accessible via the NIH Delegations of​ Authority Database, located at ​​

IC staff who wish to view their IC's DoAs, please contact your IC DoA Coordinator for more information.


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Acting Director, Amanda Pomicter

National Institutes of Health,

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