An Introductory Look at the Omni-Circular. April 17, 2014 Syracuse University Office of Sponsored Programs With thanks and acknowledgment to NCURA Region II, Denise Clark and Ann Holmes for their permission to summarize key elements of their ½ day Uniform Guidance workshop. Today’s Agenda.
April 17, 2014
Office of Sponsored Programs
With thanks and acknowledgment to NCURA Region II, Denise Clark and Ann Holmes for their permission to summarize key elements of their ½ day Uniform Guidance workshop.
Appendices applicable to Institutions of Higher Ed
Conversation point: This is a great clarification that is similar to NSF’s policy on cost share.
Conversation Point: These updates are generally helpful to grant recipients, particularly the de minimis rate when working with Subrecipients that don’t have negotiated rates
Conversation point:Discuss further internally as changes may be required regarding signature authority.
Conversation point:While the prescriptive language has changed, and examples removed, there is still a strong focus on accountability and internal controls regarding compensation on federal awards. SU will review the guidance carefully and evaluate current and future processes for effort reporting.
Conversation point:Multiple internal stakeholders will be engaged to review this section of the Uniform Guidance and evaluate current and future processes.
Conversation point:This clarification is extremely helpful in acknowledging that computing devices are an allowable supply cost. Note the ‘but not solely dedicated’ phrase as we discuss reasonable allocation strategies moving forward.
Conversation point:The second point above is also reflected in Travel 200.474 and Fringe 200.431, as an encouragement of family-friendly practices. University policies will be evaluated for current and future practices, as the Uniform Guidance requires consistent treatment between federally funded programs and non-federal programs.
The treatment of participant support costs is now defined uniformly for all federal agencies and not just NSF
Handled consistently with NSF practice, removed from the MTDC base and not subject to F&A
Rebudgeting of participant support costs will require prior approval
Conversation point:OSP will review its budget template, as it may not need to distinguish between ‘NSF’ base and ‘MTDC’ base, as they will now be one in the same
Conversation point:This is helpful clarification that enables faculty to publish research results after the award period of performance, but prior to grant closeout.
Clarification is made that now allows short term travel visas (but not longer term immigration visas)
Conversation point:This clarification is consistent with NSF’s recent policy update on allowability of short term travel visas.
Conversation Point:University travel policies will be evaluated for current and future practices, as the Uniform Guidance requires consistent treatment between federally funded programs and non-federal programs.
Increased audit threshold from $500k to 750k
Moves toward a risk-based approach
Greater transparency of audit results (i.e.- single audit reports made available to the public online)
Increased agency use of the single audit process by agencies