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Interest in the use of nonmonetary awards often grows when cash awards budgets tighten. Many agencies have expressed interest in exploring this aspect of the awards authority. It is also important to distinguish between nonmonetary awards and the use of promotional items (See Promotional Items - “Swag” - In the Context of Agency Award Programs). The following guidance is provided to assist agencies in ensuring the integrity of their awards programs.