Still Awaiting the Next Revision of the Uniform Guidance FAQ

October 19, 2016 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

question-mark-1279316-mAs I look around my neighborhood, there are pumpkins on almost everyone’s front patio and Halloween decorations are in full force. Leaves are now beginning to fall from the trees in abundance, and the football season is getting closer to its halfway point. These are unmistakable signs that it is now late October. Where has the year gone? What’s in store for the remainder of the year? So many questions.

This leads me to my real question for today – Where is the revised version of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to the uniform grant guidance? A daily visit to the Council on Financial Assistance Reform’s (COFAR) website continues to lead us to the September 2015 version of the FAQ. However, many folks in the grant community had anticipated a new version to be released a month ago. We had even written in this space about a stakeholder group offering its own suggested answers for OMB to include in the revised version. Although the uniform guidance was released in December 2013 and became effective for nonfederal entities in December 2014, confusion about the guidance, and grants oversight in general, continues to exist. We particularly find that to be the case from the Ask the Expert questions we receive here at Thompson. (Editor’s note: After publishing this blog post, we received an email from OMB stating that the FAQ will now be released in November.)

On Nov. 14, the Maryland Governor’s Grants Office will host its annual training conference and we plan to attend. The featured speaker will be OMB’s Gil Tran. Hopefully, by the day of the conference, OMB will have released the revised FAQ so that Tran can discuss some of the changes. If not, we certainly hope he can offer some real clues as to when the revised version will see the light of day.

We’ll continue to keep a daily eye for our subscribers to let them know when this important document is issued and will provide articles that can help make them apply the FAQ to their daily routines. So many questions, so little time!

Let us know what questions you would like answered or further explained in OMB’s Frequently Asked Questions.

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