Timeline for A-133 Compliance Supplement Still Uncertain

May 9, 2011 | By Adrianne Fielding | Post a Comment

When it comes to the latest OMB Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement, inquiring minds certainly want to know.  We can tell that a lot of you were interested in Jerry Ashworth’s post on the subject from last week, and we certainly understand why.  Other than the passage of the federal budget, the release of the A-133 Compliance Supplement is probably one of the most eagerly awaited events each year for grant professionals.  It’s like Shark Week for grant geeks, but with a less predictable programming schedule.

Auditors look to it for the latest guidance on programs they’ll be evaluating and testing in the upcoming single audit cycle, federal funding agencies double-check that the  guidance for their programs was captured accurately, and the grantees who’ll be subjected to single audits fine-toothed-comb it for insights on what the auditors will be scrutinizing about their grant-funded projects.

So, where is this year’s?  Although I wish I had better news for you, your guess is as good as mine at this point.  Let’s review:

  • the Office of Management and Budget originally gave the Government Accountability Office a target release date of March 31;
  • then OMB indicated that the date had been pushed to April 15;
  • then OMB said it was “hoping” to release it during the first week in May.

At the National Grants Management Association’s annual conference in Hershey, Pa. last week, Gil Tran, OMB senior policy analyst, stated that it would be “coming out in a couple of weeks.” However, other Thompson sources who are close to the production of the A-133 Compliance Supplement have indicated that it might not actually be released until some time in June.

Tran stated that the supplement will cover a total of 248 programs from across 19 federal departments with specific program requirements, and will be in effect for more than 35,000 audits of the fiscal year that began after 6/30/2010 .

He also noted that after “a long debate at OMB,” the supplement will not direct those conducting single audits to verify the number of jobs that recipients created or retained with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.  I’m sure I wasn’t the only one left wondering who — if anyone — will end up verifying job creation data, which was one of the primary justifications for ARRA in the first place.

Hang tight, and we’ll keep you posted when we hear anything new.

Have you heard anything additional or different on this?


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