Agency Proposal Submission Deadline Under Uniform Grant Guidance Looming

June 9, 2014 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

watching-time-860275-mThere’s a deadline fast approaching less than three weeks away. It doesn’t involve grant recipients – it applies to federal agencies. Whether they meet that deadline is anyone’s guess.

According to the Office of Management and Budget’s uniform grant guidance issued on Dec. 26, 2013, federal agencies had six months from that date to submit to OMB their plans to implement the guidance. That six-month date is June 26. As we’ve discovered in reporting on the multiple changes contained within the guidance and updating our publications, it’s no small task to take the documents you already have and completely overhaul them. Six months is not much time for agencies to meet this requirement.

Still, that is the task that OMB has laid out for the agencies. Some, such as the National Science Foundation, were on the ball from the get-go and have already submitted their requirements. It included these in its latest draft NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, which included two relatively minor deviations from the OMB uniform guidance. However, other agencies have had some leadership upheaval and are finding it much more challenging to prepare their plans.

Many grantees will be anxiously awaiting the proposals that these agencies submit. Some agency proposals will be open to public comment as they refine their individual policies to comply with the uniform guidance and determine where deviations are absolutely necessary. One would hope that agencies would be reluctant to impose deviations that stray too far from the intention of the uniform guidance. Consistency across agencies can truly help nonfederal entities with multiple grants manage those awards.

Keep in touch with us at the end of the month and early next month. We’ll be keeping tabs on these submissions and will keep you informed as to what they say. The clock is ticking.

What do you expect to see in these proposals? Do you anticipate many deviations from the uniform guidance? Let us know.

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