Sneak Preview: NIH Switching From Pooled Accounts to Subaccounts

October 30, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

xgran_bookshot(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, aims to better assess the financial status of individual grant awards by changing its payment procedures.

Speaking to attendees at a recent Federal Demonstration Partnership meeting, Marcia Hahn of NIH’s Division of Grants Policy said that NIH is transitioning payment for grant awards to Payment Management System subaccounts. The agency has been moving payments of grant awards to foreign institutions to PMS subaccounts through fiscal year 2013, and expects to transition domestic awards to PMS subaccounts by the end of 2014.

Payments for NIH domestic awards traditionally have been made through pooled accounts in PMS, which is a centralized grants payment and cash management system operated by the Division of Payment Management at HHS. Over the next year, NIH will transition payment for all continuing domestic awards from pooled accounts (G accounts) to PMS subaccounts (P accounts), and will establish P accounts for new awards made on or after Oct. 1.

To help minimize grantee burden for the transition in FY 2014, NIH will only establish PMS subaccounts for domestic awards that have new document numbers. However, in response to feedback from the grantee community, NIH has delayed the implementation for non-competing continuation awards to Oct. 1, 2014, to allow grantees a year to prepare their systems to accommodate the changes.

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