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.Read More
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A change of pace and a bit of levity for the first Monday in August. Step into a cool, shady place and read about what happens when fairytales, forests and funding intersect...
Red Riding Hood the Third dusted off a picture of Little Red Riding Hood the First and thought of how much things had changed since her grandmother’s day. Wolves no longer lured little girls to their doom! In fact, contemporary Ms. Riding Hood just accepted a new job as a state fish and game official in charge of wolf conservation. But she had one major problem! She was unfamiliar with where or how to apply for funding for the programs she wanted to implement.Read More
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!)Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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
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.Read More
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.Read More