The Time to Learn the Citations in the Uniform Grants Guidance Is Now

July 21, 2014 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

photoIf there ever was a word with multiple meanings, that word would be “citation.” It could have a bad connotation, such as when the police issue you a traffic citation. Or, on the other hand, it could have honorable meaning, such as when the mayor issues a citation granting you the key to the city for your heroic deeds.

Regardless, we grants editors here at Thompson have been using this “citation” word a whole lot lately. With the Office of Management and Budget’s new grants guidance changing the grants rules as we know it, there is a lot to learn. Those who may have known where to find certain guidance within the former circulars now may not know exactly where to look to find similar information within the new guidance. That’s why we have tried to be sticklers around here to provide you with the exact citations within the new guidance.

For example, in recent stories about procurement, we have made sure to provide the citations (§§200.317-200.326) to help guide readers to the exact passage to which they should refer. After using these citations numerous times, they begin to roll off the tongue pretty quickly – prior approvals (§200.407); compensation – personal services (§200.430); major program determination for single audits (§500.518); etc.

I once had a subscriber who told me that the Federal Grants Management Handbook was her “Grants Bible.” Let’s that that a step further, shall we? Pretend that the Bible what revamped in the same fashion the OMB circulars were and how are contained in a completely new document. For all those who know John 3:16 by heart, now you’d have to figure out where exactly to find that passage. It’s the same process now with grants.

We provided a roadmap to the uniform guidance in a story in the Federal Grant Management Handbook earlier this year to help subscribers better navigate through the document. We will continue to provide these important citations within all our stories, and have advised our expert contributors to do so as well, to make sure you know exactly where to find the information in the new guidance that we are referring to in the story.

Remember, the new guidance is effective for federal awards and new funds to continuing awards issued on or after Dec. 26 (§200.110). Now is the time to get up to speed on these citations so you won’t be left behind trying to find the information you need.

How do you feel about the organization of the new guidance and these citations? Let us know.

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