2016 Compliance Supplement Now Divided Into Sections

August 24, 2016 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

Those who have been on this earth as long as I have may remember the famous line to the old Alka-Seltzer commercial, “I can’t believe I ate the WHOLE thing.” I’m sure we’ve all had days like that when we’ve gorged on a fabulous meal only to realize later that it was all a bit more than we could digest. Sometimes we’re better off handing things in smaller portions.

This was my reaction earlier this month when I saw that OMB had finally released the 2016 Compliance Supplement on its website, yet, instead of posting it in sections as it had in the past, it made it available as the entire 1,600-plus document in a single PDF. “I can’t believe they posted the WHOLE thing,” I thought. Although it was great that the wait for the supplement was over, it wasn’t the most helpful format for, say, an auditor reviewing compliance requirements for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It’s a lengthy scroll down to the applicable discussion in Part 4. It was somewhat like a jigsaw puzzle without the individual puzzle pieces.

However, OMB finally broke the supplement down into its individual parts and appendices late last week, both in PDF and Word format, and made it available on its website. In turn, we here at Thompson have made the supplement available in the various parts at Thompson’s Grants Compliance Expert. Auditors now will have an easier time accessing the information they need to conduct their audits. Auditees also are advised to review the 2016 Compliance Supplement to better understand what auditors will be addressing when they audit their programs.

We have begun the process of updating our handbooks, particular the Single Audit Information Service and Federal Grants Management Handbook, to reflect guidance included in the 2016 Compliance Supplement. Subscribers to these publications, either in print or online, will receive updates over the next few months that will be especially helpful in keeping up with the changes. To assist the reader, these publications cover various aspects of grants management and single audits in individual sections headed by a Table of Contents to enable subscribers to focus on the particular information they need without being overwhelmed by too much content at one time. Or to put it another way, all these individual parts fit together well like a completed jigsaw puzzle. It’s always better to see the big picture one piece at a time.

Let us know your reaction to the 2016 OMB Compliance Supplement. We’d love to hear from you.

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