With the new fiscal year starting in July for most state and local governments, many rolling grant programs and re-solicited grant opportunities will fall under the new administrative, cost principle, and reporting guidelines of the Uniform Guidance. Operationalizing the new guidance will require a solid understanding of the changes and their intent. It's critical that collaboration and information sharing improve and that local governments find more ways to share their training resources and best practices.Read More
Performance Measurement, Evaluation Strategy, Outcomes and Benchmarks – do these terms mean anything to you or are they just grant industry lingo? By now I’m sure you are aware of two important concepts: 1) measuring the progress of your project or program is important, and 2) maintaining and collecting accurate data is essential to any grant-seeking organization/agency.Read More
As most grant professionals whose work is impacted by federal grants during the pre-award or post-award management phases are aware, the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Guidance (previously known as the "Omni-Circular" and "Super Circular") has modified specific administrative and cost requirements pertaining to federal grants and contracts. While a number of articles and blog posts have focused on the crosswalk between the new guidance (prior to December 26, 2014) and the previous guidance,1 and its potential impact on grantees and sub-grantees, there has been minimal information pertaining to best practices and applicability in the real world. Based on my research, this information is still in progress as grantees and sub-grantees begin to implement measures to adhere to the Uniform Guidance. However I have identified some steps that grantees and sub-grantees can do to prepare for the change.
1For those who received awards prior to the December 26, 2014, adoption of the Uniform Guidance, note that you are still held responsible to adhere to the previous OMB circulars. Make sure you check your notice of grant award to confirm.Read More
It's important to look up from the grindstone and see that you're aligned with your goals. And when you're a council effecting the most drastic grant reform in decades, it's key that you check in to see that your stakeholders are all onboard. The Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR), the body that helped deliver the Uniform Guidance in late 2014 after collecting years of feedback, is now calling for voluntary feedback on the Uniform Guidance's overall impact on burden and waste, fraud, and abuse, and adequacy of opportuntities to engage in the process.Read More
UPDATE September 7th, 2016
We have 2016 trainings in Denver, Los Angeles and Houson. More may be announced later. Just click on the button below for further information.
eCivis is proud to announce a unique and affordable opportunity for grant administrators in and around the Los Angeles and Houston regions. On March 11 and March 13, the City of Los Angeles and the City of Houston will respectively host Uniform Guidance grant training with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Senior Policy Analyst Victoria Collin. Collin, who has been instrumental in developing the OMB’s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, will speak about the new regulations that affect prime and sub-recipients of federal funding.
The eCivis-sponsored event will guide you through changes to federal grant guidance as they relate to:
- New emphasis on performance over compliance and administrative flexibility
- Implications for indirect costs
- Overview of federal and pass-through agencies’ responsibilities
- Reformed policies and procedures for enhanced internal controls
Grant reform is here for the holidays and beyond. The most sweeping grant reform in decades culminates with the OMB’s Uniform Guidance, which takes effect this Friday and begins a new era in grants management. Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the Maryland Governor’s Grants Office conference with some of the major players in federal grant reform. Appropriately titled “The Times, They Are a Changing,” the conference included presentations by representatives from the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Department of Justice, and USASpending.gov, among many others, on the changes that will affect federal grant-making agencies, grantees, and subgrantees.
Here are a few takeaways from the new grants guidance FAQ:
Are you a grant manager who couldn’t attend last Monday’s Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) training webcast? This blog article connects you to the comprehensive overview of the new Administrative Requirements, Audit Requirements, and Cost Principles for Federal Financial Assistance (2 C.F.R. 200) and provides excerpted FAQ about the new financial assistance guidance as well as some highlights of the 4-hour-plus webcast.
We publish our "grant news grab bag" or "grant news for municipalities" series whenever there are multiple key news items that we feel our readership should know about. The following blog post connects you to the National League of Cities' advocacy for a local government focus in President Obama's State of the Union address today, January 28, 2014, as well as a recap of Monday's thorough COFAR webcast on the OMB's "Supercircular," released last month. The Supercircular has significant implications for grants management.
Attention, grant managers! If your organization is a federal grant recipient, you probably noticed that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is streamlining circulars for grant recipients and better outcomes. With the release of the so-called OMB super circular on December 26, 2013, a number of OMB circulars are consolidated into one in the name of reducing waste, abuse, and fraud while removing red tape for federal grant recipients.