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The First Year of the Uniform Guidance: Like the First Year of Marriage

by Timothy Tiernan on July 8, 2015
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Uniform_Guidance_Super_Circular_First_Year_OMB_2015.jpgSo, here we are with the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) after more than three years of "dating." Hear me out with the metaphor. We had ideas of what this "super circular" should look like, we shared opinions from multiple sides, and we discussed what the guidance should include or exclude. (Should we do more or less auditing? Is the indirect cost rate too burdensome? And so on.)

There was a proposal—with a lot of feedback. Then there was a final guidance.

"And now we are married," says Victoria Collin, senior policy analyst for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) who led training on the Uniform Guidance earlier this year in Los Angeles and Houston. And it's during this early stage of this new relationship that we want to flesh out the finer details of things, to look at the Uniform Guidance in relation to one's own organizations and terms and conditions.

"We are understanding where it is that we have to grow operationally and where we might need to change," continues Collin in the video clip below, speaking from the standpoint of grantees. Organizations are understanding "where there are huge opportunities to really find this wonderful fulfilling love that's going to change the way we do grants for the rest of our lives."

Now who said grant compliance can't be entertaining? Check out clip 1 of 10 of the eCivis-hosted Uniform Guidance training below, and find more of the clips at the bottom of this post:

Remember, this is a good time to pick up the phone and get answers to your questions. You'll hear this message from Collin throughout these training clips as she takes Q&A from the audience. She slashes through jargon with wit and makes these topics accessible to all: feds, auditors, grant managers, education and nonprofit leaders, and local government grant administrators. Whatever your title, get the training videos here (or click below). We'll discuss another portion of the training next Tuesday, July 14. Subscribe to get notified!

OMB Uniform Guidance Training 2015 with eCivis and the City of Los Angeles

Topics: OMB, eCivis Resources, Grants Management Best Practices, Uniform Guidance

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