COFAR Launches Tool for Stakeholder Feedback on Uniform Guidance

February 24, 2015 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

abstract-shape-1178168-mStakeholder feedback is always a good thing, especially when it comes to initiatives taken by the federal government. As it seeks to ensure that the uniform grant guidance performs as intended — by reducing administrative burden while eliminating fraud, waste and abuse — the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) has developed a new tool on the COFAR webpage to allow nonfederal stakeholders to provide voluntary feedback on the uniform guidance’s effectiveness on meeting these goals. Commenters also can discuss how well COFAR and the Office of Management and Budget are doing in giving the public an opportunity to comment on the guidance.

COFAR will review the responses to determine what steps it can take to improve the guidance. The tool will be available in the section titled “Measuring the Impact of the Uniform Guidance.” The tool will only be available through March 17, so send in your comments now because time is limited! One thought we had is that it is still early in the game as most grant recipients are still following the old rules under the OMB circulars on their previous grants. It may not be until they get into the 2015 grant cycle and beyond before folks really realize how the guidance affects them. Hopefully this kind of tool will be available this time next year.

The tool asks you to provide your name and email address along with your feedback. It will be interesting to see how the comments provided through this tool affect the uniform guidance going forward, if at all. We’ll stay on this to see what happens.

What are your thoughts about the opportunities to comment on the uniform guidance? Let us know.



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