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OMB's New Uniform Guidance:
Administering Federal Funds and Contracts



In December 2013, the Office of Management and Budget released its long-anticipated Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, popularly known as the “Super Circular.” This final guidance supersedes and streamlines requirements from OMB Circulars A–21, A–87, A–110, and A–122 (which have been placed in OMB guidances); Circulars A–89, A–102, and A–133; and the guidance in Circular A–50 on Single Audit Act follow-up.

The Super Circular is intended to reduce unnecessary regulatory and administrative burdens. But, for those who work with grants, contracts, audits, etc, wading through and understanding these changes will be a burden in and of itself. Don't panic though - our expert faculty can help! In this valuable training, we'll give you a blow-by-blow of what the changes are and what they will mean practically for you and your tribal employer. You'll leave this class with valuable new information on everything from how you can extend your indirect cost rate for 4 years, to what the new exclusions are, including mandatory contract health exclusion from the direct cost base and other new direct cost base exclusions. Make sure you’re in the know about what these changes are, how they’ll impact your tribe and what you need to do to make sure you’re in compliance!

In addition to walking you through these changes, we’ll also provide you with a comprehensive overview of guidelines for administering federal funds and contracts. We’ll highlight important areas you need to know about, like recordkeeping requirements for employees, limitations on council and board member stipends, what costs have recently become allowable, and requirements regarding the preparation of indirect cost proposals.

This class could literally save your tribe tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of dollars. Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General has recommended disallowing approximately $1 million to tribally run EPA programs due to inadequate documentation of time logs and payroll expenses? In specific cases, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has disallowed the costs of in-kind contributions for similar reasons. Protect your funding—register for this important training today!

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
The New Super Circular
  • How is it organized?
  • What's changed?
    • Administrative requirements
    • Post-award requirements
    • Pass-through of negotiated rates
    • Subrecipient monitoring
    • Performance measurement requirements
    • Cost-sharing
    • Negotiated and flat rates
    • Single Audit Compliance Requirements
    • Requirements for making your financial statements public
    • New standards for providing funding opportunities
    • Post-award grant extensions
    • New small purchase threshold
    • Change to audit threshold
    • Merit review standards for evaluating your grant proposal
    • New family friendly travel policies
    • Central service cost allocation plans
    • Additional prior approval requirements
    • Converting to full accrual for payroll
    • No indirect cost on contract health costs
Cost Principles
  • Allowable and allocable costs
  • Unallowable charges
  • Justifying questioned costs
  • Allowable taxes to federal programs
  • Indian Self-Determination Act provisions
  • Where the new cost principle provisions of Section 106(k) are found in the Super Circular
Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments
  • Pre-award requirements
  • Post-award financial management
  • Changes in budget, property and sub-awards
  • Sub-grants and sub-awards to debarred parties
  • Monitoring, reports, records and retention
  • Enforcement provisions
  • Review exercises
Federal Assistance Forms
  • Budget information:
    • Non-construction programs
    • Construction programs
  • Federal Register 5 CFR, 1320:
    • Controlling paperwork burden
Debarment and Suspension
  • Government-wide common rules
  • Causes for debarment and suspension
  • Applicability
  • Compliance
  • Expenditure of grant funds
  • Non-compliance
  • Appeals procedures
Single Audit Act
  • OMB Super Circular
  • Audit follow-up
  • Failure to have a required audit
  • New audit threshold
  • Recordkeeping
  • Report submission and release
Interest and Insurance Costs
  • Charging interest on your own funds
  • Interest paid on capital projects
  • Interest costs on capital equipment and buildings
  • Allowability of general insurance costs
  • Not insuring government-owned property
  • Self-insurance funds
Hands-On Activities
  • Class exercises
  • Case studies

*Topics subject to change.

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