Sneak Preview: Metrics Set To Gauge Uniform Guidance Success

November 7, 2014 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

xsass_bookshot(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The Council on Financial Assistance Reform has established administrative and single audit metrics to help determine whether the uniform grant guidance is meeting its intended goals of reducing the risk of fraud, waste and abuse, and unnecessary administrative burden.

According to §200.109 of the uniform grant guidance, the Office of Management and Budget is required to review the guidance every five years, so OMB plans to use metrics to ensure that it meets COFAR’s goals and to monitor the impact of implementation.

That said, COFAR and OMB expect “some additional administrative burden resulting from the transition to the new guidance, which will decrease once the new policies are fully implemented,” according to a recent OMB memo (M-14-17) discussing the metrics. To minimize the burden on federal agencies submitting information related to the metrics, OMB intentionally developed administrative metrics based on information the federal government already collects. “At this initial stage, metric collection is only to inform COFAR about the current impact of implementation. Once COFAR has reviewed the metrics for the first year, it will consider whether it is appropriate to establish goals or target outcomes for any given metric.”

The metrics will be compared against baseline information from the current year under the previous OMB circulars.

(The full version of this story has now been made available to all for a limited time on Thompson’s Grants Compliance Expert site).


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