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OMB Update: DATA Act, Uniform Guidance & Single Audit

On August 10, The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) submitted its Report to Congress on the Data Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA ACT) Pilot Program. OMB also released a new Uniform Guidance FAQ and the 2017 Single Audit Compliance Supplement now published in the Federal Register. Find all the links and free training in this post.

Audit Requirements of the Uniform Guidance

Here's the punultimate installment of the several eCivis-hosted OMB training videos 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.

Grants Management Tips from an Internal Auditor

After your team has won a grant, what do you look for when reviewing the documentation? During eCivis' November webinar with ICMA, "Managing a Grant Without a Dedicated Team," the hosts offered important questions that you should ask during the review process. Mary Modelski, Division Chief, Auditor, for the County of Alameda, posed these four questions:

Federal Grant Reform: A Call for Internal Controls

Rumors and whispers concerning federal grant reform became real with the release of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) on December 26 of last year. Commonly known as the Super Circular or Omni-Circular, the Uniform Guidance takes effect the same date this year. The new regulations are intended to improve the federal grant award process by providing a framework that focuses on performance over compliance; ensuring financial integrity and enhancing existing or future federal award guidelines; streamlining the administrative, costing principles, and audit administrative for federal awards; and strengthening federal grant oversight to better protect against “waste, fraud, and abuse.” The overarching goal is to provide “a backbone for sound financial federal award management.”

Grants Management: State Audit Findings Infographic (FY2012)

Last year, the Maryland Governor's Grants Office produced a report detailing Single Audit findings by state during FY2012, and it has important grants management lessons for all grant-active entities. The report notably mentions that high-performing states (those with a low audit findings ratio) "indicated that they had audit and/or grants management training in place for officials responsible for the management of federal grant funded programs."

Federal Financial Assistance Reform: COFAR Webcast Recap

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.

OMB Super Circular Arrives

It was some two years in the making, a culmination of collaborative efforts by state and local governments, tribes, research and higher education institutions, nonprofits, and the audit community. The Office of Management and Budget’s “Super Circular,” whose guidance will be released this Thursday, December 26, through the Federal Register, consolidates eight OMB circulars into one to reform how we steward federal funding.

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