Uniform Guidance 2017: What You Need to Know

Posted by James Ha on Jan 18, 2017 4:00:00 AM

There were several important discussions last year  about the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) and its impact to federal grant recipients. These discussions took place in trainings across the country. I’ve compiled those trainings for you  in this post  to access and share with others.  Best of all, they're free.  Keep  checking the eCivis blog throughout the year for more training and  resources.

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Topics: OMB, Grants Management Best Practices

Subrecipient vs. Subcontractor vs. Subaward designation: Confusion between the “Subs”

Posted by Rachel Werner on Nov 28, 2016 4:10:00 AM

I was recently speaking with a client that received two federal grants from two different federal agencies. They began working on the contractor agreements for their vendors, and realized that each agency interpreted 2 CFR 200 (Uniform Grant Guidance or UGG) subaward vs. subrecipient vs. subcontractor terminology very differently. This not only is confusing from an operations standpoint, but can have immediate implications from a transparency perspective if the application is not standardized across the board. Let’s start out with some definitions.

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Topics: OMB, Uniform Guidance

What Future OMB Grant Trainings Would You Like?

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 10, 2015 7:00:00 AM

We want to provide you the best possible grants management training—training constructed around your questions and issues as your team begins to operationalize the OMB Uniform Guidance. So we have set up a survey to collect input from grant managers and other grant administrators to focus future trainings based on your questions and suggestions.

You can take our survey by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OMB-Trainings.

In fact, if you're planning on giving us your feedback, it's best to do so now and read the rest of this post later. (We list some other survey takers' common ideas and questions below and don't want to influence you!)

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

Uniform Guidance Q&A: "What's Next?"

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 5, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Here comes the final clip of our ten-part OMB Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) training, which is now in full effect for federal grantees. In this article, OMB Senior Policy Analyst Victoria Collin conducts a Q&A on the training and provides a glimpse of what the guidance means years from now. Check out our final clip and leave a comment on future trainings you would like to see. If you haven't done so already, you can view all the training clips at the button below.

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

Audit Requirements of the Uniform Guidance

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 29, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Here's the punultimate installment of the several eCivis-hosted OMB training clips on the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200; previously known as the "super circular"), which is now in full effect for federal grantees. Part 9 of 10 from this OMB video series focuses on the audit portion of the final guidance, which strengthens oversight and scrutinizes where there is the greatest risk of waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars. It improves transparency and accountability by making Single Audit reports available to the public online, and encourages federal agencies to take a more cooperative approach to audit resolution in order to more conclusively resolve underlying weaknesses in internal controls.

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

OMB Uniform Guidance Training: Cost Principles

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 27, 2015 5:00:00 AM

eCivis Uniform Guidance Training March 2015

If you've been following along at home, you know this post is the latest installment of several of the eCivis-hosted OMB Uniform Guidance training videos, with previous posts covering the general overview of 2 CFR 200, which is now in full effect for federal grantees. In this article, OMB Senior Policy Analyst Victoria Collin details the feds' effort to remove barriers to entities who have never had a federally negotiated indirect cost rate (3:10); compensation for personal services (8:58); general advice on improving internal controls; "blended and braided" funds (11:40); family leave and conferences (18:50); IT infrastructure (20:03); and more. Check out the clip below and access all the training by clicking the large button at the bottom of this post.

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

Pass-Through Entity Requirements of the Uniform Guidance

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 22, 2015 5:00:00 AM

If you've been following along at home, you know this post is the latest installment of several of the eCivis-hosted OMB Uniform Guidance training clips, with previous posts covering the general overview of 2 CFR 200, which is now in full effect for federal grantees. In this clip, OMB Senior Policy Analyst Victoria Collin addresses the requirements of pass-through entities. Here are some key timestamps in this segment of the training:

  • 0:33 - Providing an indirect cost rate to subrecipients (new) either through a negotiated rate or a de minimus rate of 10 percent of modified total direct costs
  • 1:58 - Performing risk assessment for subrecipient monitoring using the principle of risk
  • 3:06 - Verifying compliance to audit requirements
  • 3:46 - Requirements under the Transparency Act to report all subawards
  • 4:02 - Clarity on close-out obligations for final reports
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Topics: OMB, eCivis Resources, Grants Management Best Practices, Pass-Through Grants, Uniform Guidance

Procurement Standards of the Uniform Guidance

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 21, 2015 4:00:00 AM

The next video I want to share from our OMB Uniform Guidance training series covers the five methods of procurement standards and their general standards. Modeled on A-102 language, the procurement standards under the Uniform Guidance do not look much different for state and local governments. But for universities and nonprofits, there are some changes to note. The following nine-minute video covers these methods: micropurchases (1:50), small purchases (2:44), sealed bids (3:39), competitive proposals (3:58), and sole source (4:19). To help you visualize these standards, the OMB has presented a nifty "bear claw" to frame things. Office of Management and Budget Senior Policy Analyst Victoria Collin, who led this training, also covers the general standards that apply.

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

What Will I Recognize in the Uniform Guidance?

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 14, 2015 5:00:00 AM

That's the question that leads this next video from our 10-part OMB Uniform Guidance training series. Last week we brought you a clip from OMB senior policy analyst Victoria Collin discussing how the first year of the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) is a bit like the first year of marriage, where ideals and practical considerations meet. Now here's an overview of the changes in the OMB's Uniform Guidance and how they affect government, higher education, and nonprofit entities. This 22-minute video covers acronyms, applicability, pre-award requirements and agreements (11:05), the theme of "performance over compliance," post-award performance management (14:12), place-based initiatives (18:38), and much more. Without further ado, here's part 5 of 10. You can access the complete set of videos at the bottom of this page.

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

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

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 8, 2015 4:00:00 AM

So, 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.)

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