what s in it for researchers proposed changes in federal research guidance a 81 n.
Download
Skip this Video
Loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds..
What’s in it for Researchers? Proposed Changes in Federal Research Guidance (A-81) PowerPoint Presentation
Download Presentation
What’s in it for Researchers? Proposed Changes in Federal Research Guidance (A-81)

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 19

What’s in it for Researchers? Proposed Changes in Federal Research Guidance (A-81) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 89 Views
  • Uploaded on

Preliminary! Still sleuthing!. What’s in it for Researchers? Proposed Changes in Federal Research Guidance (A-81). Pamela A. Webb Associate Vice President for Research pwebb@umn.edu. Comments Due by 11:00 p.m. on June 2, 2013 Submit comments to:

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

What’s in it for Researchers? Proposed Changes in Federal Research Guidance (A-81)


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Presentation Transcript
    1. Preliminary! Still sleuthing! What’s in it for Researchers? Proposed Changes in Federal Research Guidance (A-81) Pamela A. Webb Associate Vice President for Research pwebb@umn.edu

    2. Comments Due by 11:00 p.m. on June 2, 2013 Submit comments to: "regulations.gov" under Docket Number OMB-2013-0001

    3. Purpose of Change • Combine 8 circulars into a single consolidated set of federal guidance • A-21, A-110 and A-133 superseded • Respond to input received for regulatory improvements submitted last year • Improve efficiency & transparency • Reduce fraud, waste and abuse • Achieve best program outcomes while ensuring financial integrity

    4. Component Parts 241 pages! • Subchapter A – General Provisions • Subchapter B – Pre-award Requirements • Subchapter C – Federal Award Notice • Subchapter D – Inclusion of Terms and Conditions in Federal Award Notice • Subchapter E – Post Federal Award Requirements • Subchapter F – Cost Principles • Subchapter G – Audit Requirements • Subchapter H - Appendices A-110 A-110 A-21 A-133

    5. What changes might researchers care about?

    6. Funding Opportunity Announcements Generally Positive • Must be available and open for submission for at least 30 days • Unless a different period is required by statute or exigent circumstances as dictated by the agency head • Requires a standard format

    7. Award Notices Positive • Create a unique, government-wide identifier number for each award • Terms and conditions are spelled out

    8. Cost-Sharing Positive • Voluntary Committed Cost-Sharing is not expected and is not to be used as a factor in the review of applications.

    9. Role of Students Negative • Eliminates language recognizing the dual role of students (research and training is inextricably linked) • Will ask for this desirable language to be restored.

    10. F&A Rates Impact Uncertain • Deviations from federally negotiated rates only allowed when • Exceptions are provided in statute or regulation • Agency Head has approved a deviation • OMB is notified

    11. Progress/Financial Reporting Negative • New requirement to relate financial data to performance accomplishments whenever practicable (including unit cost data) • Agencies should provide clear performance goals, indicators, and milestones expected • May lead to new reporting burdens and financial accountability measures

    12. Admin and Clerical Costs Mixed • Salaries of admin and clerical staff allowable as a direct charge when: • individuals involved can be specifically identified with the project or activity; • are integral to the project • such costs are explicitly included in the budget; • the costs are not also covered in indirect costs

    13. Project Management Costs Positive • Charges to federal awards may include ... developing and maintaining protocols (humans, animals, etc.), managing substances/chemicals, managing and securing project-specific data ..

    14. Mixed Salary/Effort Reporting • Effort Reporting – Elimination of examples of acceptable systems allows room for other models as does possibility that reports can be integrated with a payroll system; allows “responsible person” to certify;

    15. Mixed Salary/Effort Reporting • Requires consistent definition of a full-time workload in order to qualify for extra service pay • Must apply to all employees in a given class (not just federally-funded employees.) • Supplementation amount is commensurate with the base pay rate and amount of additional work performed • Inserts new obligation to review budget estimate quarterly

    16. Dependent Care during Travel • Dependent care costs that are the direct results of the individual’s travel requirement for the federal award and are only temporary during the travel period are allowable. • If used, must be available regardless of fund source

    17. Computing Devices <$5K Positive • Allowable as supplies cost for devices that are essential and allocable, but not solely dedicated to the performance of the Federal award

    18. Subrecipients Mixed • Explicit obligation of the prime to honor subrecipient’s federally negotiated F&A rate • Subrecipients without negotiated rate can have an automatic 10% F&A rate • Federal agency can impose their own documentation requirements on grantees to verify how they determined that a transaction is a subaward v. vendor • Audit threshold raised to $750K (from $500K) • More prescriptive requirements on subrecipient monitoring • Primes may be able to use federal audit management decisions

    19. Forthcoming Dates • APRIL 19th • COGR expected to release preliminary draft comments • University offices asked to provide comments to Pamela for use in preparing University draft • ~MAY 13th - • University draft available