Start the Fireworks! The 2013 Compliance Supplement Is Out!

July 3, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | 1 comment

celebrate-300x200And here it is, just in time for July 4, the fireworks I promised earlier this week. The Office of Management and Budget yesterday released the 2013 Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement. It was almost as if they were inspired by my blog post on Monday (cue Twilight Zone theme music!).

First off, subscribers to the Single Audit Information Service will receive much more detailed information and analysis about the changes made to this year’s supplement. However, let me try to hit on a few details. The supplement includes four new programs and three programs with changed titles. In addition, CFDA 15.000 section programs are now operated by the Bureau of Indian Education rather than the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the section’s title was changed to “BIA/BIE Cross-Cutting Section.” It also identifies 23 deleted programs, many of which were American Reinvestment and Recovery Act programs that were completed or had reduced funding to the point that they no longer met the single audit threshold.

Under the compliance requirements, OMB modified “Procurement and Suspension and Debarment” to update compliance requirements, update suggested audit procedures for testing compliance with suspension and debarment requirements and recognize that some programs or awards may have authorized recipients to use the $150,000 simplified acquisition threshold, although it has not been changed in governmentwide financial assistance policy. OMB also revised the “Reporting” compliance requirement to address issues related to the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. It also made other various amendments and updates.

With the supplement now out of the way, OMB now can focus on the comments on the proposed grants reform guidance. The issuance of a final guidance, aka “the Supercircular,” will be the next big announcement we’ll be waiting for from OMB. Hopefully, OMB will keep stakeholders abreast of the progress of the final guidance and its related effective dates. The coming years will be fraught with changes. If you thought this year’s compliance supplement was a challenge, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Let us know what you think of the 2013 Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement.



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