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OMB Considering Changes to Circulars - Comments 7 years, 9 months ago #79

OMB Considering Changes to Circulars, Seeks Comments


As part of an effort to streamline federal grant requirements, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is considering changes to the OMB circulars affecting community action agencies (CAAs) and other CSBG-network organizations. OMB recently issued a notice in the Federal Register outlining its reform proposals and soliciting comments from the public on the proposal forms as well as other suggestions for change.

www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/fedreg/2012/2012-4521.pdf


Comments are due Thursday, March 29, 2012.


Some of the more significant changes under consideration are:

Exploring alternatives to current time-and-effort reporting
requirements for salaries and wages contained in Circulars A-122 and A-87.

Using flat rates for indirect costs, rather than negotiated rates. Flat rates would be discounted from the grantee's current negotiated rate. Under one proposal, grantees could choose whether to negotiate or accept a discounted flat rate that could be effective for up to four years with minimal documentation, or could be raised through negotiation with full documentation.

For discretionary grants (such as Head Start), requiring pre-award consideration of each proposal's merit and each applicant's financial risk.

Creating a consolidated, uniform set of federal grant administrative requirements – i.e., consolidating the requirements in Circulars A-110 (applicable to grants to nonprofit organizations) and A-102 (applicable
to grants and cooperative agreements with state and local governments).

Increasing the Single Audit threshold so that grantees expending less than $1 million in federal awards would not be required to conduct a Single Audit. Grantees expending between $1 and $3 million would undergo a more streamlined Single Audit, while grantees expending more than $3 million would undergo a full Single Audit.

Digitizing Single Audit reports into a searchable database to facilitate analysis of audit results by federal and state government funding sources.

Please send comments to CAPLAW by Friday March 16th to caplawinfo[at]caplaw.org
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