It's Time to Get Mad!

March 16, 2011 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

In honor of March Madness, I decided to evaluate the 14 compliance requirements (or in this case, “teams”) under the Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement and try to determine which “teams” would be in my final four as far as what grants managers find most maddening.

Because I’m not an actual grants manager, it makes it a bit tougher. However, judging by the conferences and meetings I’ve attended, Thompson audio conferences I’ve listened to and calls that I’ve received, I can probably surmise which could probably be at the top of the list — although I’m sure this varies from grantee to grantee.

In the first round, the “Davis-Bacon Act requirements” and “special tests and provision” teams would likely fall out of contention as the other 12 battle it out for the top spot. In the end, my final four maddening compliance requirements would include “reporting,” “subrecipient monitoring,” “allowable costs/cost principles” and “cash management.” These picks stem from the confusion I’ve seen over time and effort reporting, determining the difference between a subgrant or a contract, what costs are allowable under a grant and when to appropriately draw down and spend cash.

The hard part comes in picking a “champion” as the most maddening compliance requirement. I think I’ll defer that choice and let our readers make their selections.

Have some fun with this one! Which would be your final four selections as the most maddening compliance requirements? Which would be your “champion” and why? The debates — I’m sure — could be endless.


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